Wanting to buy Viagra? Better ask the wife first…

coupleImagine the prospect of having to gain the wife’s approval before being able to buy Viagra for erectile dysfunction.

Well, that is the scenario possibly facing men in the U.S. state of Kentucky, who may soon need to get a note of approval from their wives before being able to obtain male impotence treatments on prescription.

Outraged by the introduction of a new law forcing women to undergo medical counselling at least 24 hours prior to an abortion, Democrat Kentucky lawmaker Mary Lou Marzian wanted to “strike a nerve” with political opponents – specifically men.

Therefore, State Rep. Ms Marzian, introduced a bill that would result in any male looking to obtain a prescription for any of the erectile dysfunction medications – i.e. Viagra, Cialis and Levitra – to “have two office visits on two different calendar days” as well as get a note from their wives before receiving their impotence treatment.

Only last week Kentucky governor Matt Bevin gave his signature to a bill that forces women to consult with a doctor at least 24 hours before going through with an abortion – a law that Ms Marzian voted against.

Explaining her reasoning behind in introduction of the latest bill, she said: “I want to protect these men from themselves. This is about family values.”

She added that any man needing impotence treatments would be required to “make a sworn statement with his hand on a Bible that he will only use a prescription for a drug for erectile dysfunction when having sexual relations with his current spouse.

“I started thinking: ‘how would this body men feel if the government was injecting itself into their private medical decision?’”

Ms Marzian, a 61-year-old retired nurse and abortion rights supporter, says that the U.S. government should not be allowed to meddle with people’s medical decisions.

She said: “We are very ‘family values’ in the Kentucky General Assembly – they are all awash in Christian family values, so that’s why I put that part in there that erectile pills can only be used in a marital relationship.”

However, Ms Marzian did concede that the ‘symbolic’ new bill may not get too much backing behind it. Moreover, further controversial plans have been put forth.

One such idea would be a bill that forces people purchasing firearms to receive counselling from victims of gun violence 24 hours before their purchase.

“I’m just making sure the government is taking care of your safety,” she added.

Speaking to Reuters by telephone, she said: “My point is to illustrate how intrusive and ridiculous it is for elected officials to be inserting themselves into private and personal medical decisions.”

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