A Concern for Men’s Reproductive Health

For years, male legislators have sought to regulate women’s rights to legal abortion and legal access to contraception. For example, House Bill 125, also known as the “Heartbeat bill,” which was sponsored by a male legislator named Lynn Wachtmann, a Republican from Napoleon, Ohio, would ban abortion if the fetus has a heartbeat, something that can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Female lawmakers have started a trend of sponsoring bills that would regulate men’s reproductive health the way that male lawmakers have introduced bills that regulate women’s reproductive health. In March 2012, Cleveland Democrat and Ohio State Senator Nina Turner sought to regulate men’s access to Viagra and similar drugs. According to Jackie Borchardt’s Dayton Daily News article “Bill introduced to regulate men’s reproductive health,” “Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test and get a notarized affidavit signed by a sexual partner affirming impotency, if state Sen. Nina Turner has her way.” In addition, the article stated, “Under Senate Bill 307, men taking the drugs would continue to be tested for heart problems, receive counseling about possible side effects and receive information about ‘pursuing celibacy as a viable lifestyle choice.’” Ms. Turner stated, “Even the FDA recommends that doctors make sure that assessments are taken that target the nature of the symptoms, whether it’s physical or psychological. I certainly want to stand up for men’s health and take this seriously and legislate it the same way mostly men say they want to legislate a woman’s womb.”

For Further Information: Jackie Borchardt, “Bill introduced to regulate men’s reproductive health.” Dayton Daily News. 12 March 2012


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