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New Kentucky Bill Requires Husbands To Get Spouse's Permission For Viagra

| by Sean Kelly

A Kentucky lawmaker introduced legislation that would require men to seek spousal approval before getting a prescription for Viagra. 

State Rep. Mary Lou Marzian introduced the bill to require men to have a written note of consent from their spouse before getting erectile dysfunction medication -- and would also be required to give a sworn statement that the prescription would be used only for sex with their legal partners.

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Marzian's bill was introduced as a response to a new law requiring women to receive medical counseling at least 24 hours before an abortion.

"As a woman and a pro-choice woman and as an elected official, I am sick and tired of men -- mostly white men -- legislating personal, private medical decisions," she told CNN. "It's none of their business."

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Only married men, according to The New York Times, would be eligible for erectile dysfunction drugs under Marzian's law.

"I thought if we’re going to insert ourselves into women’s most private health care decisions, then we should insert ourselves into men’s most private health care decisions, as well," she told The New York Times.

Marzian admitted that the proposal was tongue-in-cheek, and said she didn't expect it to pass. The point, she said, was to "wake up women all over Kentucky."

Sources: CNN, The New York Times / Photo credit: Felix E. Guerrero/Flickr