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Angry Female Legislators Turn Tables, Propose Laws Affecting Male Bodies

Anti-abortion and anti-contraception laws in several states have been in the news recently and over the past few years. Just last month in Virginia, for example, state legislators debated a bill that would have required women to undergo an invasive "transvaginal ultrasound" in order to give informed consent for an abortion. TPM reports that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell ultimately backed off of the provision requiring the transvaginal ultrasound, and the bill passed with a reportedly less-intrusive requirement that women undergo a "transabdominal ultrasound" prior to an abortion.

The WSJ Law Blog reports that these types of bills in Virginia and other states are starting to get female legislators quite perturbed. Unable to keep government laws off of female bodies, several female legislators have decided to turn the tables and put some government laws on male bodies with proposed legislation of their own aimed directly at men. Several of these bills take aim at the use of Viagara by men:

  • in Ohio, a bill that would require psychological counseling and written information from doctors about the potential risks before a man may get a Viagra prescription
  • in Illinois, a bill that would require men to watch a graphic video about the side effects of Viagra before being able to get a prescription for it
  • in Virginia, mandatory rectal exams and cardiac stress tests for men seeking Viagra

Other bills include one in Georgia that would limit vasectomies for men, and legislation in Oklahoma that would declare it an act against unborn children to "waste sperm." In Wilmington, Del., the WSJ Law Blog reports, the city council has now passed a resolution "calling on the state legislature and U.S. Congress to pass laws granting 'personhood' rights to eggs and sperm."

So here's a heads up to all of you Viagra-using male legislators: Watch your back!

Posted by Bruce Carton on March 15, 2012 at 04:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (12)

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