Lawmaker files bill to restrict the distribution of erectile dysfunction drugs

Published: Feb. 12, 2016 at 1:37 PM EST
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A Kentucky lawmaker filed a bill Thursday that would limit the distribution of erectile dysfunction drugs. The bill would require men to get consent from their current spouse.

The bill filed by House Representative Mary Lou Marzian, requires health care providers to have two office visits before prescribing an erectile dysfunction drug.

Marzian told Bluegrass Politics she filed the bill so her male colleagues could "see how they like it," referring to the recent abortion bill requiring women to meet with a doctor for counseling before getting an abortion.

Marzian was one of three House members to vote against the informed consent bill that Gov. Bevin has since signed into law.

"When we start invading people's private lives and private medical decisions, to me it's what's next?" Marzian told WDRB in Louisville.

The bill also requires married men to swear with their hand on the Bible that they will only use the prescription when having sexual relations with a current spouse.

Marzian admitted to WDRB that her bill is tongue-in-cheek. But some say it is no laughing matter.

Don Lynam, who leads a support group for prostate cancer survivors, told WKYT's Garrett Wymer that he knows the bill is supposed to make a point, but he does not want it to be a punch line. Lynam says drugs like Viagra are important to survivors, because their treatment can leave men of any age with erectile dysfunction.

"Just to use something like this as a spoof and something funny, really disgusts me," Lynam said.

Lawmakers in South Carolina and Ohio have previously introduced similar bills in response to abortion bills in their states.

Marzian is not the only person concerned about the recent abortion bill signed into effect by Gov. Matt Bevin, Thursday. A Kentucky woman took to Twitter to express her concern, starting the hashtag #AskBevinAboutMyVag. The hashtag has trended locally for 23 hours.

Marzian told the Courier-Journal she does not expect her bill to go very far.

Read the full bill below: