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Lawmaker proposes law that would complicate the process for men to get Viagra

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What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. In a nutshell, that’s the thinking behind a bill proposed by a South Carolina lawmaker. State Rep. Mia McLeod has introduced legislation that would require men seeking to obtain erectile dysfunction drugs to jump through all the same hoops women seeking an abortion are subject to. McLeod knows the law probably won’t pass, but is using the proposal to make a point — a pretty good one too. “I purposely tried to make it as invasive, as intrusive, as hypocritical and unnecessary as possible,” McLeod said.

The requirements under the proposed law stipulate that a man would have to wait 24 hours between obtaining a prescription and actually receiving an erectile dysfunction drug — which is similar to waiting periods women seeking abortions must endure. A man would have to obtain a signed affidavit from a sexual partner confirming that he suffers from erectile dysfunction. Then, a man would have to consult a licensed sex therapist who would confirm his problem is “attributable solely to one or more psychological conditions.” Finally, he would have to undergo cardiac stress tests every three months to make sure his heart is healthy enough for sex. After all of that, it’s likely the man will have forgotten what he’d set out to do in the first place, but McLeod is probably right that just considering such a bill will “broaden the discussion and get people thinking about and talking about some of the issues that women face who are seeking legal abortion services.”

Read the full story at NBC News.

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