February 15, 2016

Kentucky ‘Viagra’ bill counters anti-abortion laws

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Men who want a prescription for drugs like Viagra would  have to swear on a Bible to be faithful, if a new bill passes the Kentucky legislature.

Men who want a prescription for drugs like Viagra would have to swear on a Bible to be faithful, if a new bill passes the Kentucky legislature.

(Reuters) – A Kentucky lawmaker fed up with anti-abortion laws in her state has introduced a bill that would require men seeking erectile dysfunction drugs to visit a doctor twice, get a note from their wives and swear on the Bible to be faithful.

Representative Mary Lou Marzian, a Democrat from Louisville who has been a lawmaker for 22 years, told Reuters on Monday the bill is symbolic but she is glad that it has gotten attention because she is trying to make a point about government intrusion.

“My point is to illustrate how intrusive and ridiculous it is for elected officials to be inserting themselves into private and personal medical decisions,” Marzian said by telephone.

“A health-care practitioner shall … prescribe a drug for erectile dysfunction only to a man who is currently married,” reads House Bill 396, which was introduced late last week.

Marzian introduced the bill days after Republican Governor Matt Bevin signed an informed consent law that requires women to consult with a doctor before having an abortion.

Marzian, 61, who is a retired nurse, said she also plans to introduce a bill requiring gun buyers to meet with victims of gun violence before they can purchase firearms.

“That would also be to make a point. It will not go anywhere,” she said.

Marzian said there are a number of other bills before the Kentucky Legislature that would limit access to abortions in one way or another.

“We need to stop it, we need to allow women and men to make their own decisions with their doctor and their family,” she said.

  • Junebug

    Kudos to Ms. Marzian for shedding light on this. It make no sense that Viagra is always covered by health insurance while contraceptives are not (always) covered. In any case I agree how “intrusive and ridiculous it is for elected officials to be inserting themselves into private and personal medical decisions”.

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  • Ben in oakland

    But they are freedom loving libertarians who want to shrink government…

    Until it fits into your vagina, your jockey shorts, your prayer closet, or your pipe.

  • G Key

    So many “inserting” politicians, so little time to slam doors on their…

  • G Key

    Noses.

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  • This is Kentucky. I fear her “symbolic only” bill will pass. Let’s not use legislation for “making a point.” Time, taxpayer money and resources are limited.

  • MarkE

    And this “informed Consent” law doesn’t waste time, taxpayer money and resources? Let alone infringe on the privacy of the relationship between a woman and her physician?

  • Yoh

    Maybe the legislature should have considered that when they passed an onerous bill forcing doctors to go through unethical and unnecessary procedures on patients because some politicians have no respect for the privacy of others.

    It’s nice that legislators in KY have enough time on their hands to attack the medical profession and liberties of women. There must be no other pressing issues for them.

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  • Debbo

    I simply cannot express how tickled I am by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian’s bill. It deserves just as much serious attention as the bills to control women.

  • Dee

    I certainly don’t think Viagra should be covered by insurance in places where they want to ban paying for birth control!!

  • Anthony Zarrella

    Junebug, there’s a very simple distinction between contraception and Viagra (that has *nothing* to do with any contentious rule of sexual morality): Viagra is (in the classic sense) medicine, contraception is not.

    Viagra is given to a man whose body is failing to function normally, with the goal of enabling that normal function.

    Contraception is given to a woman whose body *is already* functioning normally, with the goal of *destroying or impeding* that normal function.

    In fact, off the top of my head, contraceptives and immunosuppressants are the only doctor-provided pharmaceuticals whose intended purpose is to *stop* the body from functioning normally. Immunosuppressants are treated like the nuclear option that they are – rarely prescribed, and only if the alternative is fairly catastrophic. Contraceptives are handed out like candy. Does that make sense to you? It doesn’t to me.

  • yoh

    Anthony, the whole idea that politicians should have any direct say in the medical choices of patients is entirely ridiculous. Just as they had no business forcing doctors to violate professional medical ethics in order to attack abortion rights, Ms. Marzian had no right to demand that viagra be forbidden from married males who may seek relations with those other than their wives.

    Instead of spouting bull about the difference between medically prescribed things used for the promotion of sexual relations, a saner position would be to say such issues are none of your business, nor the affairs of government.

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