Got A Note From Your Wife For That Viagra, Dude?

It’s a case of classic one-upmanship.

In response to the endless interference by anti-choice legislators into the affairs of women’s reproductive health, a female legislator in Kentucky has introduced a bill to interfere with men’s erectile health. No affairs, though! Among other requirements, the bill says that a man seeking a prescription for a male sexual dysfunction drug, device, or treatment swear that he will only use said uplifting pill or pump with his current spouse.  Single guys need not apply.

Representative Mary Lou Marzian, a Louisville Democrat and registered nurse, on Thursday proposed HB 396. According to the copy submitted to the Kentucky House, the law mandates that:

“A health care practitioner shall:
(1) Require a man to have two (2) office visits on two (2) different calendar days
before the health care practitioner prescribes a drug for erectile dysfunction to
him;
(2) Prescribe a drug for erectile dysfunction only to a man who is currently married;
(3) Require a man to produce a signed and dated letter from the man’s current
spouse providing consent for a prescription for erectile dysfunction; and
(4) Require a man to make a sworn statement with his hand on a Bible that he will
only use a prescription for a drug for erectile dysfunction when having sexual
relations with his current spouse.”

Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, and Avanafil can be dangerous drugs with a number of adverse side effects from rashes to interference with other prescription drugs, especially if the user has had a heart attack or stroke and takes medications for that, e.g. nitroglycerin. They can also cause fainting, chest pains, temporary blindness, hearing loss, painful urination, painful erections, and, of course, the erection that lasts over 4 hours. Insert jokes here about this being the favorite side effect of the man’s sex partner.

HB 396 covers the gamut of problem penis solutions including self-injections, urethral suppositories, testosterone replacement therapy, penis pumps, penile implants, and blood vessel surgery.

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Rep. Marzian points out, “I want to protect these men from themselves.”

Men, flighty and unintelligent creatures that they are, bless their little hearts, may not be thinking with the right head, and may not understand what they’re getting into with such medications and treatments, just like women who want an abortion.

The members of the Kentucky State House made this very clear about those silly girls earlier this month by passing an update to the state’s “informed consent” law. Women seeking abortions now must be told of medical risks and benefits at least 24 hours beforehand either in person or via video conferencing. The primarily male legislative body seems to believe that the little ladies have no idea what an abortion is nor what it entails.

Interestingly, Governor Matt Bevin signed the bill immediately upon its presentation to him by the legislators, an unprecedented move. As the Louisville Courier-Journal notes:

“A group of lawmakers Tuesday accompanied the bill’s delivery to Bevin’s office.

Bevin asked if they wanted him to sign it then or next week, when abortion opponents are planning a Capitol rally. The decision was to do it immediately, so the Republican governor signed it.

Lawmakers could not recall such circumstances for a bill signing.”

It’s clear that the state of Kentucky does not get nearly as hot and bothered about the sexual and reproductive health of men as it does about that of women. They certainly have no concern about “family values” for men, even though they get riled up plenty hard about such “values” for women. HB 396 is expected to have zero chance of becoming law. It would be surprising if it can even get up for a committee hearing.

Not to worry, though, the indomitable Mary Lou Marzian also has plans to introduce legislation requiring potential gun buyers to obtain counseling from victims of gun violence 24 hours in advance of said purchase. Even though she says, “I’m just making sure the government is taking care of your safety,” one can guess with a high degree of certainty into which legislative landfill that bill will be inserted.

Until then, Rep. Marzian will continue to be an advocate for choice and she asks pointedly, “Do we really want a bunch of legislators interfering in private, personal, medical decisions?”

No, not if you’re male, so it seems. If you’re female, on the other hand, well, that’s different.

What’s that old saying about “what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander?”

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Indy Annie is the pen name of Myra Ann Rutledge, a native Hoosier, IU graduate, and writer/blogger who has lived all over the country, as well as overseas. She is currently working on her version of the Great American Novel, when she isn't opining and ranting on American News X and on her personal blog The Lizard Queen Universe.