To correct the balance, Larry Farnese, a Democrat Senator in Pennsylvania, has drafted a bill to require all men to have a full prostate examination before being allowed a prescription for an erectile dysfunction drug. If it's suggested there's no physical cause for the dysfunction, the requirement would shift to require attendance in sex therapy sessions to determine whether there are psychological problems that need to be addressed. In both cases, there would also be a video to watch that would detail the known side effects to using the dysfunction drugs. As you will understand, the purpose of the bill is to make it as much a hassle for men to get treatment as it would be for women to get an abortion. It's actually a direct response to a bill introduced by Kathy Rapp, a Republican, called "The Woman's Right To Know Act", i.e. to know the fetal age of the baby and to confirm its heart is still beating by inserting a transvaginal probe.
It would be pleasing to be able to write that battle has now been joined in Pennsylvania but, unfortunately, the Republicans have a ten-seat majority and can quickly vote down any Democrat bill. But it has at least got people talking which is always a good thing. Up to now, it's largely been seen as a women-only issue. But if men actually believed they might be made to jump through hoops to get their levitra, they might have a little more sympathy for women. So here's the sixty-four-thousand dollar question for you. Do you believe it appropriate for our law-makers to be legislating to mandate unnecessary medical procedures? With the Supreme Court about to hear argument on the mandate of health insurance, it would be ironic if access to both levitra and abortion were also subject to mandated procedures.