Democratic state Senator Nina Turner of Cleveland is fast becoming the queen of semi-satirical legislation that points out the absurdity of proposed Republican legislation.
Last fall, in response to a proposed Republican bill that would have required anyone receiving public assistance — including the unemployment they’ve paid for — to be drug-tested at their own expense, she and state Rep. Bob Hagan suggested a bill mandating the drug testing of state legislators.
Now, in response to a raft of anti-abortion bills that put women’s reproductive choices in the hands of the government, she has offered her “men’s health” bill.
According to ProgressOhio,
Turner's legislation would include provisions to document that the symptoms are not psychological in nature, and would guide men to make the right decision for their bodies. Physicians would be required to obtain a second opinion from a psychological professional to verify that a patient has a true medical malady before the medication could be prescribed.
The site has also posted a petition you can sign to support Turner’s effort. It says,
I stand with Senator Turner and others to demand Sexual Health Equality for men! Men having been legislating Women's Reproductive Health Choices for years now and I want to return the favor. The legislation follows the FDA's recommendation that the evaluation of erectile dysfunction should include a determination of potential underlying causes and the identification of appropriate treatment following a complete medical assessment. When a man makes a crucial decision about his health and his body, he should be fully aware of the alternative options and the lifetime repercussions of that decision. I advocate for this legislation to ensure that all men using PDE-5 inhibitors are healthy, stable, and educated about their options — including celibacy as a viable life choice.
Next up: celibacy as a viable life choice for legislators? Ha! That'll be the day. — Anastasia Pantsios