Turn your head and cough

It’s happening more and more and I hope no one thinks it’s just a joke. This is an article from the Dayton Daily News:

Bill introduced to regulate men’s reproductive health

Part of a trend, she likens the bill to men legislating ‘a woman’s womb.’

By Jackie Borchardt, Columbus Bureau
Updated 11:18 AM Monday, March 12, 2012

COLUMBUS  –  Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test and get a notarized affidavit signed by a sexual partner affirming impotency, if state Sen. Nina Turner has her way.

The Cleveland Democrat introduced Senate Bill 307 this week.

A critic of efforts to restrict abortion and contraception for women, Turner says she is concerned about men’s reproductive health. Turner’s bill joins a trend of female lawmakers submitting bills regulating men’s health. Turner said if state policymakers want to legislate women’s health choices through measures such as House Bill 125, known as the “Heartbeat bill,” they should also be able to legislate men’s reproductive health. Ohio anti-abortion advocates say the two can’t be compared.

Heartbeat bill sponsor Rep. Lynn Wachtmann, R-Napoleon, said comparing his bill to Turner’s would be like comparing apples to bananas. The Heartbeat bill would prohibit abortion once a heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

“I understand some women think my bill is a personal affront,” Wachtmann said. “Protecting the unborn — to compare this to Viagra is not even related.”

Under Senate Bill 307, men taking the drugs would continue to be tested for heart problems, receive counseling about possible side effects and receive information about “pursuing celibacy as a viable lifestyle choice.”

“Even the FDA recommends that doctors make sure that assessments are taken that target the nature of the symptoms, whether it’s physical or psychological,” Turner said. “I certainly want to stand up for men’s health and take this seriously and legislate it the same way mostly men say they want to legislate a woman’s womb.”

States passed a record 92 abortion-related bills in 2011, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that focuses on reproductive health. At the same time, fewer than one in four state legislators nationwide are women — they number 23 percent in Ohio — according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

It’s time for women to realize that they really should be running the country. or at least sharing the task equally with men, gays, and turds like Rush Limbaugh with his bucket of Dominican Republic Viagra.

2 thoughts on “Turn your head and cough

  1. The whole point of the bill is to make people realize how absurd the bills limiting women’s reproductive rights are. Obviously, no man wants this obscene violation of privacy before getting a prescription and it’s the same for women. The bill does not compare abortion to viagra. It compares and invasion of privacy and the limiting of freedom to an invasion of privacy and the limiting of freedom.

    Good on Sen. Turner – this seems to be the only thing grabbing men’s attention.


    1. Of course I don’t expect most of this reversal to lead to legislation which will have El Rushbo bending over before each Viagra he swallows (or Oxycontin, for that matter) and you are right, it emphasizes the absurdity of all the anti-women legislation that is growing rapidly around the country. But I don’t see it even being recognized as absurd by those legislators who are so far behind in their religious sanctity that they have to focus on something to make themselves appear to be on the side of righteousness. I doubt if your average legislator even thinks about his own reproductive health since he’s too busy dreaming up new ways to control women’s reproductive lives and to assure the hegemony of the white American male.

      But if one of these bills did pass: now that would be a real game changer.


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