Need Viagra? Ohio Pol Wants Notarized Letter
...from your sex partner, attesting to your impotency
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2012 2:20 PM CDT
Some Viagra at Brooks Pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

(Newser) – It's certainly not the first bill to be presented as a foil to the abortion- and contraception-related bills coursing through America's legislatures, but it is an amusing one. Ohio Democrat Nina Turner last week introduced Senate Bill 307, which would make getting Viagra a pretty big ordeal. A man in search of the blue pill would have to jump through three hoops: meet with a sex therapist, undergo a cardiac stress test, and—here's the kicker—have a sexual partner confirm his impotency ... in a notarized affidavit. If the man got the OK, he'd have to stick with counseling, and would be given info about "pursuing celibacy as a viable lifestyle choice."

Turner insists that if her state can regulate women's reproductive health (via bills like this), men should be fair game, too, reports the Dayton Daily News. "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," says Turner. "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." Counters the rep behind the state's "heartbeat bill," "Protecting the unborn—to compare this to Viagra is not even related."
 

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