An important piece of legislation was introduced in the Ohio State Senate this week. In all the fuss to protect women from making poor decisions about their bodies, the equivalent protections for men were forgotten. But Ohio State Senator Nina Turner didn’t forget.
Turner has introduced Senate Bill 307 which would make sure that men, seeking prescriptions for potentially dangerous therapies to treat male sexual disorders, such as Viagra and Cialis, receive the same types of information and options as women confronting difficult decisions about their reproductive health.
From Turner’s press release:
“When a man makes a crucial decision about his health and his body, he should be fully aware of the alternative options and the lifetime repercussions of that decision.”
The bill seeks to protect the lives and health of men by requiring the following prior to receiving a prescription to treatment for erectile dysfunction:
• a signed affadavit from at least one sex partner confirming the man has indeed experienced the symptoms of impotence in the past 90 days
• a psychological screening to ensure the condition is, in fact, medical in nature
• ongoing cardiac stress tests and outpatient counseling about potential side effects
• information from the prescribing physician about risks and complications, as well as non-medical options including counseling and celibacy
• a copy of medical rationale for treatment filed in the patient’s medical record
Senator Turner, in asking for co-sponsors, has written:
I will be introducing a bill to address an issue that has gone unaddressed for far too long. The diligence with which men in state legislatures across the nation have considered the fragile health and feeble minds of women has prompted me to reflect on the welfare of the more powerful breed: men.
This legislation will take strong steps to protect men from the harmful effects of PDE-5 inhibitors (phosphodiesterase type 5). PDE-5 inhibitors are prescribed to men who are experiencing symptoms of male impotence and carry serious side effects such as priapism, hearing loss, and vision loss.
Such medications should be considered with the utmost concern and caution. These medications can be seriously detrimental to men with heart problems, including heart pain (angina), heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), high or low blood pressure, a history of stroke within the last six months, eye problems such as retinitis pigmentosa, sickle cell anemia, or leukemia.
The legislation will implement procedures that will ensure the vigorous reproductive health of men who experience non-psychological erectile dysfunction symptoms. This means that men will have to certify their impotence, confirm their comprehension of risk, and undergo outpatient counseling services to inform them of alternative treatment options to PDE-5 inhibitors.
Please join us in this fight to protect those who are our greatest protectors. The men in our lives generously devote time and debate to fundamental female reproductive issues; the least we can do is return the favor.
Here’s hoping that Senator Turner prevails in her crusade, and that legislatures across the country take up this issue and pass similar legislation.
I’m not so sure that the Republican led House of Representatives in Washington shouldn’t also take up this urgent cause and pass national legislation to address this important cause instead of wasting time trying to formulate a plan to create jobs, pass legislation to tax the top one or two percent of wage earners at a fair and equitable rate, and other issues related to the economic and employment needs of the country. I mean if they’re going to take time out to address issues of female contraception and related health issues from those other worthy causes, the least they can do is to address the equally serious issues relating to male sexual health concerns.
Thank you Senator Nina Turner for showing us the way. Now if we can only get enough people on board with this cause to make it work and to protect the lives and well-being of men of all walks of life across this great nation.