Sex & Relationships

Want Viagra? Kentucky Bill Says You Need Your Wife's Permission First

One lawmaker is fighting back against the state's aggressive interference with abortion access.

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Last week, a Kentucky Senate committee approved a bill requiring that doctors perform an ultrasound and describe the image to women who are seeking an abortion. Before that, it was decided that women must have a face-to-face consultation with a healthcare provider before getting an abortion.

These are just two examples of several recently passed measures that complicate women’s access to abortion in Kentucky. Now, one lawmaker is offering up a creative critique.

State representative Mary Lou Marzian has introduced a bill that would require men to meet with their doctors twice and get their wives’ permission before obtaining a prescription for an erectile dysfunction drug. The bill would also require men 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.”

“I started thinking, how would this body of men feel if the government was injected into their private medical decisions?" Marzian told the Louisville Courier-Journal.

In an interview Friday, Marzian said the intent of the bill is to "have government insert itself into the personal, private decisions of men — since we have already inserted it into our personal, private decisions of women."

“I want to protect these men from themselves,” she added.

"We are very 'family values' in the Kentucky General Assembly — they are all awash in Christian family values, so that's why I put that part in there that [erectile pills] can only be used in a marital relationship."

Marzian said she plans to file a bill requiring potential gun buyers to obtain counseling 24 hours in advance from victims of gun violence before the purchase. "I'm just making sure the government is taking care of your safety," she said.

h/t Talking Points Memo

Carrie Weisman is an AlterNet staff writer who focuses on sex, relationships and culture. Got tips, ideas or a first-person story? Email her

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