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KY Rep. Introduces Bill Restricting Access to Erectile Dysfunction Treatment, in Response to Abortion Restrictions

HeadlinesFeb 18, 2016
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In Kentucky, Democratic state Representative Mary Lou Marzian has introduced a bill that would place significant restrictions on men with erectile dysfunction who are seeking treatments such as Viagra. The bill, introduced last week, would require men seeking erectile dysfunction treatments to first have two doctor visits, provide a signed consent letter from a current spouse and make a sworn statement that he will only use the drugs for sex with his current spouse. The bill would also make all unmarried men ineligible for the treatment. Representative Marzian, who is also a nurse, introduced the legislation after Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed a bill requiring women to consult a doctor at least 24 hours before an abortion. Marzian spoke to TV station WDRB.

Rep. Mary Lou Marzian: "When we start invading people’s private lives and private medical decision, to me, it’s: What’s next? ... In the Kentucky General Assembly, there are at least six or seven anti-choice bills filed to restrict access to women’s reproductive health. ... I am appalled that the Kentucky General Assembly, which very few have any medical degrees, feel that it is important that they insert themselves between a woman and her physician."

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