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Turning The Table On Birth Control: Sen. Introduces Bill For Erectile Dysfunction Drugs

In either a most ingenious use of poetic justice or a hilariously calculated media move in response to the ongoing contraception debate, Ohio state senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) announced legislation on Friday to protect men from the risks of PDE-5 inhibitors, drugs commonly used to treat symptoms of impotence.

Turner’s legislation includes provisions to document that the symptoms are not psychological in nature, and would guide men to make the right decision for their bodies. According to the press release, 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 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. Similar bills to more closely regulate reproductive health issues have been introduced in the state legislatures of Virginia, Oklahoma, Idaho, and most recently Pennsylvania.

“A prescription for medication of this kind should require an assessment that targets the nature of the problem—specifically to assess whether it’s psychological or physical, ” said Turner by phone on Monday. “There are serious health risks and side effects associated with taking these treatments and I want to make sure that the fragile and vulnerable men of our country understand all of the factors before they take the drugs.” To that end, Turner’s legislature includes language to ensure men understand both the ramifications of their sexual health decisions, and, Turner said, “to make sure they understand that there are other options out there, whether they’re natural remedies or celibacy.”

“The men in the policy making positions of this country have spent a generous amount of time working to protect the well-being of women through their reproductive health, ” said Turner, “I thought it was only fair that we look out for men in the same way.”

[Insert dry chuckle here]

Turner told me that, like many other women in the country, she’s been watching the public discourse over women’s health with growing outrage, and that this recent piece of legislation is in direct response. “the fact that policy makers and candidates have decided that the number one national issue is regulating a woman’s womb is absolutely outrageous, ” she said, noting that in her role as a state senator her constituents rarely approach her to ask for her help with reproductive health issues, but rather why unemployment rates stay so high, why they can’t pay their mortgages or why their school systems are crumbling. “They have real problems, ” she told me. “This whole country has real problems, but instead of dealing with these issues the public discourse is over the regulation of a woman’s womb.”

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