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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.”

emofordino 16th-Mar-2012 03:50 am (UTC)
as an ohioan, i couldn't agree more with your friend.
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