Ohio State Senator Nina Turner Says She Is “Serious” About Viagra Bill

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Words cannot express how much I want to thank and then high-five Ohio State Senator Nina Turner. She’s the politician who’s introduced a bill that says men looking for a prescription for Viagra would first need to get a sex therapist’s permission, a cardiac stress test, and confirmation that “the patient’s symptoms are not solely attributable to one or more psychological conditions.” The bill is, of course, meant to underscore the inherent inequality in anti-abortion bills that require women to get medically unnecessary ultrasounds and other procedures. But is she really serious?

“I’m just as serious as the men policymakers across the nation who introduced bills to regulate a woman’s reproductive health,” Turner said in the above interview with MSNBC. She continued, tongue placed firmly in cheek, “For far too long elected officials, especially women … have abdicated our responsibility to show men [as] much love in the reproductive health arena as they have shown us over the years. So my Senate bill 307 is all about the love and making sure we look out for men’s sexual health.”

As for critics who say that comparing her bill to the fetal heartbeat bills that inspired it is like comparing apples to oranges, Turner said:

“Apples and bananas are all fruit, and within the [fetal heartbeat] bill is ludicrous language about women getting a written explanation. Certainly my bill took that language, in that a man has to have a long conversation with his physician to determine whether or not this is physical or mental, on top of making sure that he sees a sex therapist. We have to make sure we guide men to make the right decisions, that maybe these drugs may not be the best decision for them to make. Celibacy is always an option or natural remedies, but this is about setting and leveling the playing field. Women … are not going to continue to take this lying down. We are going to stand up for the rights that our foremothers fought for. We’ll stand up for ourselves. and we are certainly standing up for future generations of young women. Women should not need a permission slip from government to take care of their own reproductive health.”

Well said, Senator Turner. And thank you. [MSNBC]

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