Senator Nina Turner

An important piece of legislation was introduced in the Ohio State Senate yesterday. It seems that in all the fuss to protect women from making poor decisions about their bodies, we forgot about the men. But Senator Nina Turner didn’t forget.

Turner has introduced a bill that would make sure that men, seeking prescriptions to potentially dangerous therapies to treat male sexual disorders, receive the same type 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,” Senator Turner said today. Men will be more easily guided through the process of obtaining treatment for impotence so they can better understand and more effectively address their condition.

Senate Bill 307 protects 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, complications as well as non-medical options including counseling and celibacy
  • copy of medical rationale for treatment filed in patient’s medical record

And, with that summary, I give you what may be the greatest co-sponsor request ever to appear on Ohio State Senate letterhead:

TO: All Senate Members
FROM: Senator Nina Turner
DATE: March 2, 2012
RE: Co-Sponsor Request

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.

If you would like to be included as a co-sponsor, please contact Matthew Adair at [redacted]. The deadline to sign on to this legislation is 5:00pm on Monday, March 5, 2012. Thank you for your consideration.

If you are a voter in Ohio and believe, like we do, that men’s sexual health should not be overlooked, contact your State Senator and urge them to support SB307 .

Our colleague, Greg, tells us this is how he envisions his conversation with Senator Turner about the bill would probably go:

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  • We need Nina more in the Ohio Senate than in the US House. 

  • Debbie Rudy-Lack

    What’s good for us…is good for them.

  • David Barenburg

    She should have included a prostate check as well, to rule out Prostate Cancer, which could in many cases be a causal link to erectile dysfunction as well.

  • Dmoore2222

    Hillarious!

  • Phoenix4444

    Also, those electively taking Erectile Dysfunction medicines to address normal, expected, late age, on- set dysfunction to re-establish lost performance from when the person  was younger and healthier in their prime reproductive years , must obtain insurance to cover the possibility of life long care costs for children born to late age parents such as Down Syndrome.

  • Bob

     That was going to be my suggestion.

  • Portia A. Boulger

    Love it!

  • 9bearjeanieden

    BRILLIANT!  I saw this awesome woman on MSNBC last night.  I think there’s a petition.  She should run for President.  She’d have my vote!

  • Good idea, but there is not a chance. Shannon co-authored that anti-worker stuff last year. She will only fight for her Tea Party friends in the rich suburbs south of Dayton.

  • missskeptic

    In addition, men should undergo mandatory scrotal ultrasounds to check for any possible prostate or testicular tumors before having ED drugs prescribed.  No, never mind, too many men would just LOVE that part of it!

  • Jon

    under 40? this already happens viagra or not. Welcome to being old!

  • Demydo

    What are you pissed off about?  Never fear, the bill will not pass because men control the house and senate.  I’m sure you get the gist of this bill and are turning all of the negative happenings with women back to yourself – you poor baby and your no boners.  Get over yourself and your special male needs.

  • Retrofuturistic

    Obviously, an ultrasound should be administered, to at least one orifice, before any prescriptions are given….

  • Retrofuturistic

    Tee hee.  I wrote to Pat Tiberi.  Probably we’re on some kind of a “list” now….

  • She should further include:  a current sperm-viability test must accompany the prescription.  If the test indicates that the patient’s sperm cannot produce life, then no prescription should be given.

  • Welcome to our world.  We’re as pissed off about the misogynistic and uninformed discussion around contraception and a woman’s right to choose whether/when/how she wants to have a child.

    See the bill for what it is – a way for the  GOP men to sit back and perhaps rethink their support for invasive and unwelcome discussion about women’s health issues.

    Instead of being pissed off, show your support for Sen. Turner.  As Demydo stated, the male-dominated legislatures will not let this pass, but it will show them for the hypocrites they are.

  • pdcgimpy

    The problem with this is that most will not understand that she is making a mockery out of the republican tactics of “getting the govt out of your doctors office” and will probably single her out and next thing you know dems will have to be giving an elematary explanations to the republicans that still dont get it.

  • No Vested Interest

    Yes, Mr. Brown, I know, I know.  However, thanks to gerrymandering Sen. Jones is my state senator deep within the city limits of Cincinnati.  You know, we’re always told, “contact your representative.”  Well, she’s mine and she should know what at least this one of her constituents thinks.
    And Jean Schmidt is my US Congressperson. – How do you think that feels?

  • buckeye15

     Thanks for your input Rush.

  • fredfnord

    The Republicans who ‘don’t get it’ aren’t the ones who need viagra.

  • fredfnord

    Temporary.

  • fredfnord

    Ooh, you think? But I bet you think that insisting on treating women like they are 8 years old and can’t make their own decisions about their own bodies without being forcibly penetrated by a piece of plastic is just dandy!

  • fredfnord

    Are you for real? Because I’e never met a gay man EVER who was this tone-deaf to the use of mockery and parody to make a point. I mean, congratulations: you may be the only gay man in the entire United States who has no sense of humor whatsoever.

    AND you’re apparently not a Republican, either.

    Were you dropped on your head repeatedly as a child? (If not, I might suggest asking someone to do so now. It might help.)

  • fredfnord

    Now you? You I can believe. You’re just dumb.

  • pb_dirtgirl

    Wait, people over 40 are trying to have babies? Because I would really hate to think our laws allow people to use such a dangerous prescription drug recreationally.

  • pb_dirtgirl

    Senator Turner is in a very outnumbered Democratic minority in the Ohio Senate, so rather than ask her to explain her bill, Republican colleagues will simply refuse to ever give it a hearing. It’s sad when satire is, literally, all we’ve got.

  • pb_dirtgirl

    The reason you should care is if they allow your insurer to stop covering some chick’s birth control because of “moral” objections, you and your cialis are next. 

  • gew60

    Probably God didn’t want that man to make babies and therefore
    we should not interfere with God’s wishes…no more sex for you,
    you pervert with sexual dysfunction…God has spoken!

  • gew60

    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander!!!!  hahHhHhHA

  • PublicNightmare

    I think Viagra should be removed from Insurance.  Why should I pay for an old man to have sex?  If he wants to get his rocks off, give him a rocking chair….not viagra!

  • PublicNightmare

    Nnnnniiiiicccceee!

  • Are you knuckleheads completely freakin’ dense? No one is trying to prevent women from obtaining contraceptives. No one is trying to keep contraceptives out of all insurance plans. The issue that prompted this 7th grade-style tantrum is the president attempting to force employers to offer insurance that pays for contraceptives or, in lieu of that, for the employer to provide the contraceptive coverage, even if it is contrary to the mission or belief of the employer.

    You will always be able to get insurance that will pay for contraceptives, you just might have to pay more for that plan, or get your insurance through someone other than your employer.

    You people don’t listen. You hear, but you are not listening and thus are not processing the information properly. Either that, or your comprehension skills are seriously lacking.

  • NorthernWeasel

     I love this proposed bill and your proposed amendment. Sadly, the right wing idiots do not understand sarcasm and this brave senator will probably be ridiculed at the next election for proposing a nonsense bill.

  • Timanderson

    Whoa…I bet her husband needs viagra and a bag to get it on with her!

  • I get it, really I do (and I agree actually with the fact that ED drugs should not be covered if birth control is not, and I don’t believe that should be covered either), but honestly, don’t our lawmakers have more important things on their plate than wasting a huge amount of personnel (not personal) time and resources to make a very roundabout point?

  • NoneMoreReal

    I think YOU’RE questioning god’s will: if Jesus doesn’t want a man to get a stiffy, then he shouldn’t get a stiffy. Who is a doctor to go against divine nature?

  • NoneMoreReal

    So the president is a dictator for forcing the hand of insurance companies to include one of the most common prescriptions in the country (birth control pills), but you’re NOT a dictator by forcing your decisions on women you’ve never met. You’re an abject fool.

  • NoneMoreReal

    Seriously? You can’t see the very direct parallel between a woman’s sexual-health related prescriptions being under attack and a gay man’s sexual-health related prescriptions being fair game to these theocrats? If there’s anyone the church hates more than uppity women, it’s us sodomites!

  • Kellic

    I normally don’t say this to people I really don’t know…..I think I’m in love. =D

  • Kellic

    Why?  Because Republicans apparently have plenty of time to call hearings on the subject and, I quote you, “wasting a huge amount of personnel time and resources”
    What’s good for the goose…..

  • Kellic

    We aren’t questioning God’s will.  We are questioning…check that TELLING YOU, your behavior isn’t that very Christian.  And many of you have more in common with the Taliban then with Jesus Christ.  You are hateful, angry, bigoted people.  Not all of you.  But if you aren’t speaking out against those like Rush, then you are standing with them and are no better then Rush calling Ms. Fluke a slut.  Because I’m certain Jesus went around calling people sluts, whores, and such.  My biggest issue with you people is the fact that you play fill in the blank with whatever your find morally objective.  God hates ____!  What is it today?  No doubt if it’s Microsoft Windows you would find something in the Bible to support it.
    I hope you realize you are killing your own religion by letting your zealots spew this hate with anyone speaking out.  I know more people who have dropped Christianity in the last 7 years because they are so sick of your behavior.  You can include me in that list.  I still believe in Jesus, still believe in the word of God.  But the zealots have successfully forced me out.  I refuse to practice hate and interference.  And that is exactly what is being preached by a vocal minority.  Tell your zealots to shut up and then lets talk.

  • My erection is my God!

  • getalifepeople

    Bravo onlyintelligenceleft. I couldn’t agree more. The comments here just go to show the ignorance in todays society.                    

  • Trishrad

     You don’t get it, do you?  This is about WAY more than birth control.  Since 2010 anti-woman legislation the GOP has pushed anti-woman legislation at every level: defunding Planned
    Parenthood and Congressional hearings attacking it; HR 358 which allowed
    hospitals to deny a transfer for a woman who needs a life-saving
    emergency abortion (passed the House); the Blunt Amendment (passed the
    House); the Komen fiasco; mandatory ultrasounds in Va, Pa, Id; shielding
    Dr’s from malpractice for withholding info in Az; removing the HPV
    vaccine mandate in Va; defunding abortions for doomed pregnancies for
    poor women on Medicaid (VA); personhood (VA, ID, PA).

    This bill is mocking the mandatory ultrasound law the Virgina Gov. McDonnell just signed.  There is so much more to mock, what can we pick on next?  Denying men life-saving hospital transfers if the procedure they need is morally objectionable to a small fraction of people?

  • jcecil

    Seriously, I wondered when someone besides myself would ask the question of why we are paying the bills for men’s sexual fulfillment when all things reproductive for women are being challenged.  If we have no choice about our bodies, neither should men.  Pay out of pocket  for your own sexual related drugs and let’s stick something up your parts first to see if drugs are really necessary for you.!

  • AMEN! I absolutely love this idea! I agree, it should be apart of this bill as well.

  • gleekat

     Actually, that’s not entirely true. Paternal age also influences chance of Down’s syndrome; however, this effect is only observed in women over the age of 35. Fisch et al. (2003) Journal of Urology  169 (6): 2275-8. (And, no, that is not my paper).

  •  The whole point of the bill just flew right over your head, didn’t it?  LOL

  • Aw who needs a bill?  Just tell the old geezers to take a Viagra pill and put it between their knees.  

  • and a prostate exam rectally with a probe attached to a monitor that the guy needs to look at so he can see the exact state of his…affairs….

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