6 Female Politicians Go After Male Masturbation, Viagra

Bills in 6 states attempt to squeeze male reproductive rights
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2012 2:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – Female politicians in four other states are joining Ohio and Georgia representatives in a bid to crack down on men's sexual and reproductive freedoms, including access to Viagra and vasectomies. It's their way of striking back against restrictive state abortion laws and attacks on health insurance coverage for birth control. An Oklahoma amendment demands that semen only be deposited in a woman's vagina. Not to comply would be "interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child," reports NPR.

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People think such laws are "strange," even though many accept laws restricting access to abortion or birth control for women, said Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner, who recently introduced legislation requiring men seeking Viagra to get a cardiac stress test, see a sex therapist, and obtain a note from partners saying that they're having erectile problems. Experts say such laws have zero chance of passing. But the point isn't getting the laws passed, but to make a point, and to get women to the polls in November, said Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women and Politics Institute at American University. (Read more Viagra stories.)

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