Sometimes, humor and satire are the most effective ways to address public officials' lack of sense.
A good example comes from Kentucky, where Democratic State Rep. Mary Lou Marzian has proposed a bill that would require men seeking erectile-dysfunction drugs like Viagra to see a doctor twice, get a note from their wives and swear their faithfulness on the Bible before they can obtain these drugs, Reuters reports.
The reason Marzian has made such a proposal is her lack of patience for Kentucky lawmakers who have sent a number of bills restricting abortion access before the state legislature.
Several of those bills have gained traction. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin signed an informed-consent law in February which requires women seeking abortions to undergo counseling and then wait a specified amount of time before they are able to have the procedure, MSNBC reports. There is another law headed to the Kentucky Senate which would require women seeking abortions to have ultrasounds and a description of the fetus from the doctor.
"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.
There is no doubt that abortion is a hot-button issue. But the most effective policies for reducing the need for abortions are those that anti-abortion lawmakers similarly oppose: better access to birth control and sex education. These lawmakers would rather guilt women with unwanted pregnancies into having children than give their constituents better tools to negate that possibility in the first place.
CBS reported in June 2015 that abortion rates were down nationwide. Decreases were seen in states with strict abortion laws as well as in states without them, suggesting the laws do not actually help in preventing abortions.
These statistics likely don't matter to Kentucky lawmakers, and there is surely no way Marzian's proposal is ever going to become law. But the bill does prove her point effectively; why are lawmakers trying to insert themselves between a woman and her doctor? If they are going to do that, they might as well apply the law equally.