Bill would require men to get affidavit from sex partner before obtaining Viagra

I’ve always said it’s high time for legislators to start turning the tables on these politicians who believe its their God-given right to legislate a woman’s room. From the Dayton Daily News:

Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test and get a notarized affidavit signed by a sexual partner affirming impotency, if state Sen. Nina Turner has her way.

The Cleveland Democrat introduced Senate Bill 307 this week.

A critic of efforts to restrict abortion and contraception for women, Turner says she is concerned about men’s reproductive health. Turner’s bill joins a trend of female lawmakers submitting bills regulating men’s health. Turner said if state policymakers want to legislate women’s health choices through measures such as House Bill 125, known as the “Heartbeat bill,” they should also be able to legislate men’s reproductive health. Ohio anti-abortion advocates say the two can’t be compared.

Heartbeat bill sponsor Rep. Lynn Wachtmann, R-Napoleon, said comparing his bill to Turner’s would be like comparing apples to bananas. The Heartbeat bill would prohibit abortion once a heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

I understand some women think my bill is a personal affront,” Wachtmann said. “Protecting the unborn — to compare this to Viagra is not even related.”

Under Senate Bill 307, men taking the drugs would continue to be tested for heart problems, receive counseling about possible side effects and receive information about “pursuing celibacy as a viable lifestyle choice.”

Even the FDA recommends that doctors make sure that assessments are taken that target the nature of the symptoms, whether it’s physical or psychological,” Turner said. “I certainly want to stand up for men’s health and take this seriously and legislate it the same way mostly men say they want to legislate a woman’s womb.”

The Cleveland Democratic lawmaker has a point–you can’t turn the other cheek on men’s reproductive health while passing legislation to place the government between a woman’s uterus and her doctor. This isn’t anything new. A Virginia state senator proposed a bill to require men to undergo a rectal exam and cardiac stress test before receiving Viagra. An Illinois legislator introduced a bill to require men to watch a graphic video on the side effects with taking Viagra before they can be cleared to obtain the erectile dysfunction drug.

Of course, these bills don’t have a chance in hell with passing because many of these lawmakers–many of whom most likely use Viagra–don’t feel they deserve to abide by the same unnecessary loopholes they force women to do as they don’t have enough support in their respective legislatures. If anything, these measures should sound the alarm on the blatant double standard these majority-male politicians feel they have the right to implement in the name of protecting clusters of cells they like to refer to as life.