Bill May Restrict The Use Of Erectile Dysfunction Pills
A Democrat legislator from South Carolina sought to broaden the extent of public discussion on women's reproductive health rights by pre-filing a bill that would establish a number of regulatory hurdles to men's access to erectile dysfunction pills such as Viagra or Cialis.
If the controversial legislation gets a nod from fellow lawmakers, men in need of the sex-enhancing drugs would have to overcome numerous restrictions.
According to the Huffington Post, the proposed legislation would require things like waiting for 24 hours before one could receive a prescription and another 24 hours before a person could acquire the said drug. Furthermore, those who seek for it would also have to present an affidavit signed by a partner to attest that he has problems with erection.
In a published article by The Augusta Chronicle, men are also mandated to comply with additional requirements such as undergoing cardiac stress test and seeing a sex therapist.
To many observers, the bill would probably go nowhere.
But what is the reason behind filing a bill that is likely to get disapproved?
Apparently, the lawmaker found it annoyingly frustrating to see increasing number bills against abortion being filed in the state legislature.
The real intent of State Representative Mia McLeod was to advocate a change in the reproductive health policy landscape in a society that's heavily tilted in favor of men.
While she would want to see some parts of the bill get approved, she seemed resigned to the fact that most of it will go down the drain.
"Oh, I don't think it'll pass. I mean, we're in a male-dominated legislature, of course, and I really just want to broaden the discussion and get people thinking about and talking about some of the issues that women face who are seeking legal abortion services in this state, " told Rep. McLeod as quoted saying by WCBD TV- NBC 2.