Kentucky Bill Would Require Note From Wife to Get Viagra
'This is about family values,' says cheeky Rep. Mary Lou Marzian
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2016 2:37 PM CST
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(Newser) – If a bill introduced in Kentucky this week becomes law, men seeking Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs would be required to get a signed note from their wife and swear on a Bible they would only use the drugs during sex with their spouse, the Courier-Journal reports. The men would also be required to prove they're married and visit the doctor twice before to getting the drugs. "I want to protect these men from themselves," says Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, who introduced House Bill 396. "This is about family values." It's also about seven anti-abortion bills that have been introduced in the Kentucky legislature this session, according to Insider Louisville. "I’ve had it with 80 men telling women what to do,” Marzian says. "So I thought I’d just tell them what to do.”

One anti-abortion bill signed into law this month requires women to get counseling 24 hours prior to an abortion. Another currently in the senate would require women to get a trans-vaginal ultrasound first. Marzian, a nurse, says it's "ridiculous" that government officials are getting involved in these kinds of decisions. "Do we really want a bunch of legislators interfering in private, personal medical decisions?" she asks the Courier-Journal. Marzian knows her "tongue-in-cheek" bill is unlikely to pass, the Huffington Post reports. She's also received a lot of messages from people wondering why she's wasting her time on something like this when there are more important problems facing the state. "That's my point," she tells HuffPo.
 

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