Oh joy, rapture! I guarantee you this will be the best story you read all week. Ohio state senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) announced legislation on Friday “that would protect men in Ohio from the risks of PDE-5 inhibitors, drugs commonly used to treat symptoms of impotence,” according to ProgressOhio. Turner’s legislation includes “provisions to document that the symptoms are not psychological in nature, and would guide men to make the right decision for their bodies,” they say. “Physicians would be required to obtain a second opinion from a psychological professional to verify that a patient has a true medical malady before the medication could be prescribed.”
Hahahahaha – burn! I’ll see your transvaginal ultrasound and raise it a shrinky dink check by a shrink.
Senator Turner herself says:
The men in our lives, including members of the General Assembly, generously devote time to fundamental female reproductive issues–the least we can do is return the favor. It is crucial that we take the appropriate steps to shelter vulnerable men from the potential side effects of these drugs …. By implementing more intensive screenings before prescribing the medication and requiring outpatient educational services, we can do more to prevent the potential side effects linked to PDE-5 inhibitors.
Oh my God I am in love. And get this: “The legislation follows the FDA’s recommendation that the evaluation of erectile dysfunction should include a determination of potential underlying causes and the identification of appropriate treatment following a complete medical assessment,” so Turner can’t be accused of a tit-for-tat mentality.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. And by scorned I mean involuntarily probed.
Turner says, “When a man makes a crucial decision about his health and his body, he should be fully aware of the alternative options and the lifetime repercussions of that decision,” parroting the types of arguments used to promote ultrasounds required before abortion. Texas was the first state to enact a law requiring women to obtain an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion procedure, Virginia the second. Similar laws are now being proposed in Oklahoma, Alabama, Idaho and Pennsylvania.
In Illinois, State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D), is proposing an amendment to the Ultrasound Opportunity Act (which would also require women to have an ultrasound before an abortion) that she calls the ‘Viagra Amendment.’ In fact, female politicians all over the country are fighting back against the war on women. The Huffington Post reports:
Wilmington, Del. City Councilwoman Loretta Walsh authored a resolution that declares “each ‘egg person’ and each ‘sperm person’ … equal in the eyes of the government.” Oklahoma Sen. Constance Johnson (D) proposed a “spilled semen” amendment to the state’s fetal personhood bill that would declare it an act against unborn children for men to waste sperm. Va. Sen. Janet Howell (D), meanwhile, introduced an amendment to a mandatory ultrasound bill that would require men to have a rectal exam before being prescribed Viagra.
Yes! If male politicians want us to take it up the butt, I say they should have to, too.