Men would need to clear new hurdles to get prescriptions for erectile dysfunction under a bill filed Thursday in the state House.
State Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Louisville Democrat, said the bill seeks to balance the recent legislative scrutiny of women’s reproductive health with a dose of attention to men.
“The current legislature does not mind inserting itself into personal, private decisions of the 2 million women of the commonwealth that may need reproductive health services,” Marzian said.
“So if we’re going to start inserting ourselves into reproductive issues and health issues, then I think we should also insert them into men’s reproductive health issues.”
The bill would require men to have two meetings with a doctor before receiving a prescription for products like Viagra.
Men would also be required to make a sworn statement — hand on Bible — that the prescription would only be used during sexual relations with their current spouse.
Spouses would have to provide a signed and dated letter providing consent.
When asked how her colleagues received the bill, Marzian said “all of them claimed they don’t know anything about erectile dysfunction.”