Lawmaker Upset By Pro-Life Laws Wants Men Buying Viagra to Swear on Bible to be Faithful

State   Micaiah Bilger   Feb 16, 2016   |   4:18PM    Frankfort, KY

A Kentucky state representative introduced a bill on Thursday mocking pro-life efforts to defend unborn babies and their mothers in the state.

Kentucky House Bill 396, sponsored by state Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, would require men to jump through a series of hoops to obtain an erectile dysfunction drug such as Viagra, according to the Courier Journal. The bill requires that a man visit a doctor twice, have signed permission from his wife and swear on the Bible that he will only use the prescription for erectile dysfunction while having sex with his current spouse. It also requires men to be married to obtain the drug.

Marzian said she introduced the bill in response to a series of pro-life bills proposed in the state legislature. She made several sarcastic statements to the local news about her bill, claiming that she wants “to protect these men from themselves” and “This is about family values.”

“My point is to illustrate how intrusive and ridiculous it is for elected officials to be inserting themselves into private and personal medical decisions,” Marzian told Reuters.

One of the measures Marzian opposes is Senate Bill 4, which pro-life Gov. Matt Bevin recently signed into law. The new law amends the state’s informed consent law to require either an in-person or a real-time video consultation between a doctor and woman at least 24 hours before having an abortion, according to the Associated Press. During the meeting, the woman will be informed about the risks of abortion, the age of her unborn baby and the support available to her if she chooses childbirth.

Legislators said the bill was needed because some abortion facilities were not conducting live consultations with women before abortion procedures; instead, they would instruct women to call in and listen to a recorded message, which didn’t allow women to ask questions or voice concerns, according to the AP.

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Marzian attacked the new law, saying her bill is protesting the predominantly male legislature interfering in women’s health.

“Do we really want a bunch of legislators interfering in private, personal medical decisions?” she asked.

However, Senate Bill 4 actually was sponsored by a pro-life woman, state Rep. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville. Adams said she introduced her bill because face-to-face medical consultations prior to a surgical procedure are standard medical practice – “and Kentucky women deserve no less.”

Marzian’s bill is nothing new. Pro-abortion legislators have introduced similar bills in the past, including one in South Carolina this January. The bills never go anywhere in the legislature, but they serve abortion advocates’ purpose of creating publicity for their agenda.

By proposing these bills, abortion supporters miss the point of pro-life legislation by equating erectile dysfunction drugs to abortion. The two are not morally equivalent. Pro-life advocates fight to end abortion, not because we want the government in the bedroom, as abortion activists claim, but because abortion kills an innocent human being in the womb.

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