One of the truly great things about our country is that there is no topic which we will not use for humor. Sometimes the humor is dark, or even ugly, most of the time it is not especially inspired, but we hit an occasional home run while lampooning whatever is going on in our world. As of late, there has been a lot of attention on laws passed to make it more difficult to have an abortion, or to get contraceptives. In response, women (for the most part) legislators have proposed a few bills of their own.
Delaware: By an 8 to 4 vote, the Wilmington, Delaware, city council recognized the personhood of semen because “each ‘egg person’ and each ‘sperm person’ should be deemed equal in the eyes of the government.”
Virginia: As the state Senate debated requiring transvaginal ultrasounds for women seeking abortions, Sen. Janet Howell proposed mandating rectal exams and cardiac stress tests for men seeking erectile dysfunction meds. Her amendment failed by just two votes….
Ohio: A bill introduced by state Sen. Nina Turner would compel men to get psychological screenings before getting prescriptions for impotence meds. “We must advocate for the traditional family,” Turner said, “and ensure that all men using PDE-5 inhibitors are healthy, stable, and educated about their options—including celibacy as a viable life choice.”
Illinois: State Rep. Kelly Cassidy proposed requiring men seeking Viagra to watch a video showing the treatment for persistent erections, an occasional side effect of the little blue pill. As she explained, “It’s not a pretty procedure to watch.”
Senator Howell is much too nice. For male legislators the rectal exam should be done with a 10″ ultrasound probe.