Payback

Kentucky lawmaker proposes bill requiring wife’s permission to obtain Viagra

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A box of Viagra, typically used to treat erectile dysfunction. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

As a protest against abortion restrictions, Kentucky State Rep. Mary Lou Marzian has introduced a bill which would require any man seeking a prescription for erectile dysfunction drugs as Cialis, Viagra or Levitra to “have two office visits on two different calendar days” and obtain “a signed and dated letter” showing the consent from their spouse. House Bill 396, as introduced by the Democratic lawmaker from Louisville also requires men to swear on the Bible that they will only use the medication for sex with their legal partners. “As a woman and a pro-choice woman and as an elected official, I am sick and tired of men — mostly white men — legislating personal, private medical decisions,” Marzian, a retired nurse, told CNN. “It’s none of their business.”

The bill is a direct response to an anti-choice bill by new Republican Kentucky governor Matt Bevin, which requires women to visit with a health care provider at least 24 hours before getting an abortion. While the bill Marzian proposes will have little effect on new abortion restrictions, she is hoping to “strike a nerve” with male legislators. “I think it illustrates how intrusive it is,” the 22-year statehouse veteran told CNN, “how wrong it is, for any type of government, whether it’s state legislature, whether it’s Donald Trump, inserting themselves into personal, private medical decisions.”

Read the full story at CNN.

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