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Ohio State Senator Nina Turner sponsors bill forcing Viagra-seeking men to see a sex therapist

8:37 am - 03/15/2012
Ohio State Senator Nina Turner is taking aim at the multitude of reproductive rights bills that have made waves in the United States this year — 430 thus far, by MSNBC’s count — by sponsoring a bill of her own: One that would force men to meet with sex therapists before being prescribed Viagra and other erectile dysfunction medications.

Earlier this week on MSNBC’s Jansing & Co. program, the Cleveland Democrat told host Chris Jansing that Senate Bill 307 is “all about … making sure we look out for men’s sexual health.”

If passed, the bill would require that men visit a sex therapist, ensure they are in proper cardiac health and have a sex partner sign a notarized affidavit confirming the man is, indeed, experiencing impotency before receiving such a prescription.

The bill is in many ways a response to Ohio House Bill 125, also known as the “Heartbeat Bill,” which would forbid a woman from undergoing an abortion once a fetus’s heartbeat can be detected.

Republican Representative Lynn Wachtmann, sponsor of the “Heartbeat Bill,” rejected the notion that the two subjects could be compared, analogizing it to comparing “apples and bananas.”

The Democrat addressed the criticism on Jansing’s program.

“Apples and bananas are all fruit,” Turner joked, adding that her bill consciously cribbed “ludicrous language” from the “Heartbeat Bill” in order to force men to have long conversations with their doctors before being prescribed drugs such as Viagra.

“We have to make sure we guide men to make the right decisions,” Turner said. “Maybe these drugs may not be the best decision for them to make. Celibacy is always an option, or natural remedies.”

Though ostensibly introduced as a protest, Turner called on federal guidelines as a legal basis for the bill. Quoted in the Dayton Daily News, Turner noted that, “Even the [Food and Drug Administration] recommends doctors make sure that assessments are taken that target the nature of the symptoms, whether it’s physical or psychological.”

Simply a protest gesture or not, Turner hopes the the bill will bring attention to what she says are the myriad ways in which government is attempting legislate against women’s rights.

“This is about levelling the playing field,” she told Jansing plainly.

“Women should not need a permission slip from government to take care of their own reproductive health.”

mahasin 15th-Mar-2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
I actually emailed her when I first heard about this and got a hilarious canned response.

Thank you for taking time to share your thoughts with me and for expressing your concern for important women’s health issues. As we all know, this struggle is about equality: whether men and women should be given equal footing when it comes to making important healthcare decisions, and whether they should have equal access to the highest-quality health services our country has to offer. More importantly, this is about a woman’s right to choose. Reproductive decisions are best made by a woman and her doctor, and we must respect their ability to make these choices. Government has no place inside a woman’s womb.

This war on reproductive rights is an insult to women everywhere. It demonstrates that those waging it view women only as vessels of life—not as the intelligent and capable individuals that they are. Taking away the right to control one’s own destiny is not only un-American, it flies in the face of the ideals of independence and self-determination on which our nation was founded.

S.B. 307 is a serious bill, and the side effects of PDE-5 inhibitors are real. As a nation of equals, we must care just as much about men's health as we do women's health, and this is why we must take strong steps to protect against the harmful side effects of medications used to treat symptoms of male impotence, such as priapism, hearing loss, and vision loss. Such medications should be considered with the utmost concern and caution. These medications can be seriously detrimental to men with heart problems, including heart pain, heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms, high or low blood pressure, a history of stroke within the last six months, eye problems such as retinitis pigmentosa, sickle cell anemia, or leukemia.

Nobody laughs when legislators throughout the country introduce legislation that aggressively mandates government regulation of women's health decisions. No one questions those who introduce oppressive legislative measures contradictory to the autonomy and sovereignty of American women. This is no laughing matter.

Women are being disregarded and disrespected by lawmakers across the nation.

We must heed the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." If women today, it will be another group tomorrow. Thank you for being champions in the fight—the fight for our foremothers, for ourselves, and for our daughters. Spread this far and wide.
maikamariel 15th-Mar-2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
She's my new hero.
nikoel 15th-Mar-2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard of her before that last article, but holy crap she seems so freaking awesome! /fangirl
celtic_thistle 15th-Mar-2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
What a fucking badass.
13chapters 15th-Mar-2012 04:31 pm (UTC)

A (Michigan alum!) friend of mine wrote in his LJ yesterday that Nina Turner justifies the continued existence of Ohio. Coming from him, this is high praise indeed.
emofordino 16th-Mar-2012 03:50 am (UTC)
as an ohioan, i couldn't agree more with your friend.
effervescent 15th-Mar-2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
This is awesome.

I hope that these bills get more and more people paying attention, and maybe get through to the moderate Republican men and women out there to make them realise just what is going on.
hammersxstrings 15th-Mar-2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
this is amazing that they're introducing these bills.

freezer 15th-Mar-2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
Fair is fair.
riath 15th-Mar-2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
Fair play to Nina Turner. What's good for the goose is good for the gander and it's about time these men who are introducing these idiotic bills realise that.
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fragbert 15th-Mar-2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
Of course he is....he's on board with all sorts of other pills, too!
fornikate 15th-Mar-2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
i want to send her flowers
coryrain 15th-Mar-2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
I love the creative ways these shitty "personhood" bills are being protested. You keep being bad ass Nina Turner.
deathchibi 15th-Mar-2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
Well, it's also a good move because erection issues tend to have a LOT of roots in psychological issues too.

But yes. This is awesome. :D
tabaqui 15th-Mar-2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
Love it. Love how the GOP men never seem to *get it*.
snapesgirl34 15th-Mar-2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Fuck yes.
walkwithheroes 15th-Mar-2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
Badass Senator is Badass.
stormqueen280 16th-Mar-2012 03:32 am (UTC)
I wish she could move to my country so I could vote for her.
mercat 16th-Mar-2012 10:15 am (UTC)
Yay home state for not being totally full of fail...
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