Kentucky Lawmaker Proposes Men Get Spousal Consent to Receive Viagra

Empathy is apparently a next-level skill that far too many people don’t have. Putting oneself in the shoes of another is too time consuming, especially when it comes to the very busy lives of various state representatives who continue to push through sexist and bigoted bills that seek to police the bodies of basically anyone who isn’t a white mguy.

It’s frustrating when a group of people explain over and over again how one policy or another is harmful, and it stays in place just the same with the same tired justifications. But, if Jon Stewart has taught us anything, it’s that sometimes satire is the best way to make a point.

Recently, the Kentucky legislature passed more abortion restrictions, and without much trouble. So to fight back, state Rep.  Mary Lou Marzian has proposed a bill that imposes very necessary restrictions on a man’s ability to get medication for erectile dysfunction. As reported at Think Progress, the bill puts forth four new restrictions:

  • He must have two office visits on two different calendar days before the health care practitioner prescribes a drug for erectile dysfunction to him.
  • He can only be prescribed the drug if he is married.
  • He must produce a signed and dated letter from his current spouse providing consent for the prescription.
  • He must make a sworn statement on a Bible that he will only use the prescription when having sexual relations with his current spouse.

This is a good start, but I think we can take it further. Following Rep. Marzian’s lead, here are four more proposed abortion amendments that we applied to erectile dysfunction medication:

1. We definitely need to make it illegal for doctors to prescribe any type of erectile dysfunction medication unless they have admitting privileges at a hospital within, oh, say an hour of the patient’s residence. I hear those erections lasting more than four hours can be a real pain.

2. Rep. Marzian wants men to see their doctor twice on two different days before this medication can be prescribed. Nah, Mary Lou! That’s weak sauce. There needs to be a 72 hour minimum time between the first appointment and when the script is written. You know, men are so emotional. This is a big decision. They need time to think it over.

3. Oh, and while we’re at it, we need to find a way to make it nearly impossible to find a doctor to prescribe this medicine. Maybe make them fill out a bunch of paperwork in triplicate and keep it on file for 100 years? Something super boring and bureaucratic so no one will want to look into how necessary it is, but will make the lives of doctors a living nightmare if they have to do it. Bonus points if we can pass a conscience clause that makes it okay for pharmacists to refuse to fill the prescription.

4. Finally, we need to force those brave doctors who continue to dole out erectile dysfunction pills to read some baloney script about how those pills will cause some kind of ultra-scary disease for which there is no evidence. Let’s even make one up! It doesn’t matter, as long as it sound scary. Guys shouldn’t be playing God like this. If the Lord wanted them to be impotent, then who are we to argue. It’s just a little white lie that saving their immortal souls! The ends justify the means, am I right, ladies?

With these minor changes, I think we really might have something. The beginnings, perhaps, of a misandrist utopia, where women are free to do as they please with their bodies and men have to wear collars and chains. You know, the Secret Feminist Agenda. But, I would settle for causing a little introspection, thought, and yes, empathy, from those who are quick to put restrictions on the bodily autonomy of people on the basis of their ability to give birth.

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116 comments

william Miller
william Miller8 months ago

thanks

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Jim Ven
Jim V8 months ago

thanks for sharing.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Cabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Amanda M.
Amanda M1 years ago

Shoe, meet the other foot! It's insane how men have been able to get ED drugs (which are for all intents and purposes "recreational drugs") covered for YEARS with no questions asked, while women who wanted BIRTH CONTROL had to jump through a ridiculous number of hoops to get it! I should know-one insurance company I dealt with wouldn't cover my birth control pills unless I needed them for a "confirmed medical reason," and my sister had a doctor in CA who refused to give her an IUD because she hadn't had kids yet! Don't even get me started on the bullshit laws that anti-choicers keep coming up with to make it all but impossible for women to obtain abortions, even though we LEGALLY have the right to do so if we feel it's the right choice for us! Man, I would LOVE it if more lawmakers put men through the wringer like this, just so they'd realize what they're doing to us women! What's "good" for the goose is LONG overdue for the gander!

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faith v.
faith v1 years ago

great idea . . . . . just doesn't go far enough.

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Neville B.
Neville B1 years ago

They shouldn't roll if they've been properly laid to rest. Okay, I surrender - I'm just not up to it! You can stand proud in pole position : )

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Judie B.
Judie B1 years ago

Neville B., okay, if you insist! I don't think they'll be rolling over in their graves, anytime soon. That being said, clearly Marzian has a good grip on the hypocrisy of her obviously wooden colleagues, who will, no doubt, give this proposal the shaft. ;P

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Neville B.
Neville B1 years ago

Dear Judie B. - poor stiffs! Your turn : )

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Jennifer H.
Jennifer H1 years ago

No written consent. The wife should have to accompany the husband to the visits for proper consent and in the 72 hour time span while being jerked around on scheduling by the doctor! Well said Karen S. And OMG Wesley - YOU WENT THERE!! LOLOL Some good comments. Definitely shows the governments hypocrisy.

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Gene Jacobson
Gene Jacobson1 years ago

Well, why not? After all, what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. I'd also like to propose a ban on all television advertising for such products. I can't tell how sick I am of that guys voice. Or of seeing young(ish) women lying on a bed talking about a male medical issue - I mean is she volunteering or what? Women's bodies are used to sell everything in this country, but this shouldn't be one of them. The whole thing just feels creepy and there is something to the bit above about accepting what the good Lord gave you. Or didn't. The bill is funny, but not.

I feel about this the same way I do about female medical issues - they are for women to have with their doctors, if they choose. This should be no different, if a man has this issue, well, he certainly knows what is available since the ads run like three times an hour on every station. I hit mute or change channel immediately but I shouldn't have to. There are many things I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy, this is not one of them, I'd wish every warrior, terrorist, rapist and just plain jerk this particular malady - the world would be a better place. In fact, I wish everyone who had an idea about assaulting anyone would immediately come face to, well, face with this issue. Wouldn't that be a nice natural consequence? I hope we hear the outcome of this bill, in fact, I'd like a transcript of the testimony. Just for giggles.

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