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Female Dem Floats Viagra Bill To Counter Anti-Contraception Legislation (Video)

If you can’t beat ‘em, shame them publicly by drafting satirical legislation.  That’s apparently the new axiom being followed by Ohio State Senator Nina Turner (D), who last week introduced a bill on the floor aimed at sending a message to the state’s Republicans who, like Republicans in other red states, are trying to enact harsh new abortion and anti-contraception laws for the sole purpose of going around the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, robbing women of reproductive choices. Since they were swept into power in 2010, TEApublicans have been ignoring the whole “jobs, jobs, jobs” thing to focus on setting back the country’s social progress a few decades, and Turner for one is sick of it.

Turner’s bill would require men to submit to a psychiatric evaluation, a cardiac stress test and have a notarized letter from their sexual partner confirming their erectile dysfunction before a single Viagra or Cialis tablet can be prescribed. The bill of course is a direct and sharp jab at Republican laws that force women into undergoing unnecessary and sometimes cruel and creepy measures before they can get the abortion they are seeking. In some states it’s even become par for the course to write laws requiring a transvaginal ultrasound, essentially giving the state government the right to shove something up inside a woman all in a sycophantic quest to end all abortions everywhere.

It’s barbarism, these laws that conservatives are writing. They claim it’s under the auspices of protecting the unborn, and yet when those unborn babies move into the “born” category, where’s the support for early childhood education? Where’s the support for nutrition and after school programs? Where’s the support for real, substantive sexual education classes and access to cheap or free contraceptives that will actually reduce the number of abortions in this country instead of just forcing girls across state or international borders to seek the medical procedure they see fit.

It’s baffling of course that in 2013, more than forty years after the Supreme Court set the standard for abortion legality — medical viability — that conserva-fascist forces still haven’t gotten the memo. Well, I should say it’s baffling to an extent. They haven’t stopped trying to kill Social Security or Medicare, so it only stands to reason that pushing women down the stairs and back into the shadows would be on their agendas as well. We can’t have strong women, after all, it upsets the “natural social order” of things, right? Forget that the “natural social order” they refer to is a metaphor, or worse, a mirage. The idealized America they see in their fever dreams is nothing more than years of propaganda viewed through a lens of nationalism on PCP. But that doesn’t matter; they need to socially engineer this society to serve the One Percent, which means paying more in taxes, getting less in return from their government, and pumping out baby after baby that you can’t afford to feed, shelter or educate, creating even more voters just ignorant enough for the brainwashing that gets working class people to vote Republican.

It’s really heart-warming and uplifting to see people like State Senator Turner stepping up and pushing back against her Republican colleagues’ attempts to hijack the vaginas in her state. It’s also wonderful seeing it done with humor and wit. Of course no man would want to go through therapy, get a cardiac test done and have to be certified a limp-dick by a notary in order to get their erection medication; but the point of course is that the government shouldn’t be in our trousers and up our skirts in the first place, which is exactly where conservatives want to insert themselves into.

Conservatives claim to hate intrusive, arrogant government, but what’s more intrusive and arrogant than telling a woman when she is ready to have a child, instead of letting her own heart and conscience be her guide. That’s the thing — conservatives love to preach rugged individualism, but if your rugged individualism leads you to make lifestyle choices they don’t approve of, or that doesn’t fit in their narrow interpretation of centuries-old religious texts, they’re going to write a law codifying your “sin” as a crime.

Very Christian of them, right?

2014 is just around the corner, and as the last three years have taught us, no matter what they say their agenda is, TEApublicans are not about to let go of their obsession with subjugating women. They can claim all they want that they’re just looking out for the health and safety of the mother and the baby, but that’s an outright lie. Abortion laws are about one thing — controlling the women-folk. Thankfully for the women of Ohio, they have at least one state senator who is willing to go toe-to-toe with the Neanderthals in her state. If the right-wing continues their march toward extremism, Nina Turners will start popping up in other red states too, and then the battle to keep the ground gained by the Women’s Lib movement of the sixties and seventies really begins.

Watch an interview with Senator Turner about the bill, courtesy of MSNBC:

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About James Schlarmann

James is in his thirties and gets really passionately angry about politics. Sometimes that anger foments into diatribes, and sometimes those diatribes are comical. Other times, they are not. For more of James's work check out his blog, ThePoliticalGarbageChute.com.
  • http://gravatar.com/latenightlarry latenightlarry

    Teapubs are already nuts… they’re going MORE nutso, and hopefully some of their empty heads will be exploding and taking them out of politics… permanently. They’ve already demonstrated they don’t need a brain to live… so their exploded head won’t matter.

  • stephen

    In a way I am glad that the teapublicans are raising all these issues again. For a while there, all the old school feminists who fought so hard for equal rights in the last wave of feminism were wondering what happened to the next generations of women and men who seemed to be complacent and believe that there was no more need to fight for equality. Women like this one and Wendy from Texas are showing this generation how to be activists and keep up the good fight.

  • Alex

    I don’t get the “transvaginal ultrasound” thing and comparison to rape. News flash – abortion involves shoving stuff up there. There’s never a requirement for a particular method, AFAIK. Transvaginal ultrasound probes are a legitimate medical tool, and I fear all the comparing them to rape will cause women to avoid diagnosis and treatment for serious medical conditions – even cancer. I’m not a doctor, but the idea that they should have an ultrasound to confirm a woman is pregnant makes some sense. I’m pro-choice, but there needs to be regulation to keep it safe. Granted, some of this regulation – even most of it – is horrible and ridiculous and bizarre. But I hate the attack on a medical procedure, and on writing standards of care. If the standard proposed isn’t ideal, say so – but we seriously need to quit telling women diagnostic procedures are a form of rape. Or some day, some woman will die of cancer because she didn’t want to be “raped” to find out the cause of pain.

    • Bob Cull

      How can you not see the comparison to rape, Alex? Coercion through law doesn’t make it any less a rape than coercion through physical force. If someone is forcing the woman to have anything shoved into her vagina by law they are guilty of rape just as much as the guy who drags her off the street into an alley and forces himself on her and in both cases it is about power, not sex!

    • http://gravatar.com/latenightlarry latenightlarry

      A “transvaginal ultrasound” thing serves NO medical purpose in regards to an abortion. It is SOLELY another gimmick to force women to submit to a man, AND to raise the cost of an abortion… I’m surprised the legislature didn’t set the cost of the TVUS so high as to make it virtually impossible for a woman to afford it AND to declare that medical insurance cannot cover the TVUS when given in this manner.

      A woman who is seeking an abortion ALREADY knows she is pregnant; she doesn’t need a worthless medical procedure akin to rape to tell her that. Granted, the TVUS MAY have some medical purpose in diagnosing some disease (maybe appendicitis), but it is not needed to diagnose a pregnancy… it’s merely another RAPE from the government.

    • stephen

      I get what you are saying, that there is going to be a penetration anyway, and why not guarantee safety etc but the real reason republicans want this has nothing to do with confirming the pregnancy it has to do with showing the woman the picture of the little fetus to make her “think twice” and make her feel guiltier, worse than she already does.

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  • Ravyn Marx

    Oh my. I love this woman! This woman is a hero to women across the nation. She and Wendy Davis…we need more to stand up for us! Women have come such a long way in our history. I’ll be damned if I see all that hard work and progress go down the drain without a fight.

  • m

    In TEApublican spirit, can I just say, erectile dysfunction is God’s natural way of telling men to go into celebacy and celebrate their unique male innocence and spiritual cleanliness. Making viagra illegal should be the next TEApublican duty to fulfill, since male sexuality is a threat to women’s reproductive health. Wait…no…I’m getting it mixed up here….it’s not male sexuality, but female sexuality that’s dangerous. Right, I keep forgetting that.

    • http://gravatar.com/latenightlarry latenightlarry

      How about this for ED drugs…

      Require that any man seeking any ED drug or device must undergo the following…
      1. A complete psychiatric examination;.
      2. A complete physical examination;.
      3. A full cardiac stress test to see if his heart is strong enough to handle sex;.
      4. Provide a NOTARIZED statement from his wife that she agrees to allow him to use said ED drug or device. The man MUST be married, and cannot use a statement from his latest eye candy girlfriend or temporary partner;
      5. Applicant must obtain said ED drug or device at a specific state authorized pharmacy, which will only be located in ten cities throughout the state selected by Democratic women legislators; none will be located within 50 miles of the state capital;.
      6. Must pick up said ED drug or device IN PERSON; not his spouse or companion, or employee, or messenger. Said ED drug or device may not be mailed or otherwise shipped;.
      7. Applicant’s doctor of record may only write one prescription per month, for no more than four pills, and applicant may not obtain multiple prescriptions from other doctors; The state shall set up an online database which pharmacists must refer to before filling a prescription, and no prescription may be filled less than 25 days after the last prescription. It shall be illegal, punishable by six months in jail to obtain ED drugs or devices from outside the state, or to attempt to fill more than one prescription per month, or to have someone else obtain the ED drug for you.

      Anything else?

  • Trucker Mark

    So, you voted Republican and now are finding-out the hard way that providing new jobs is fairly low on the Republican list of priorities? I could have told you that (and did too)!

    Maybe it is time for the northern majority Democrat half of Ohio to secede from the southern mainly Republican half of the State, just like rural Republicans in eastern Colorado want to do?

    Just think, as two separate States, both sides could have what they want without having to walk all over the other side!

    • stephen

      ha ha…maybe every stae should split in two, one with red laws for the red people and one with blue laws for the blue people. The red halved states could be armed to the teeth, no abortions, cheap mexican labor, all private schools, no health care for poor people, no minimum wage etc. and the blue…well you know…I don’t know if that would work, but it’s an interesting thought.

      • Bob Cull

        It will never work, Stephen. How long do you suppose it would be before the leaders of the red halves would be convincing all of those armed Bible thumpers that the blue half was a danger to their way of life and had to be conquered and shown the error of their ways, no matter how many of them they had to kill.

  • Donna Brooks

    Actually, Bob Cull, this video is from LAST YEAR. I remember when she introduced this bill. And why is this site (and several FB pages) presenting this as if it is just happening now? SMH Careless “reporting”. It even says right in the beginning of this video, that it’s the first quarter of *2012*!! I guess they didn’t even watch the video they posted. People just report things now and don’t even check out if the info is accurate.

    • Bob Cull

      ” People just report things now and don’t even check out if the info is accurate.” I have found that happens far more often on the far right sites. I don’t think that when they do it is an oversight, I think they do it on purpose intending to mislead. Obfuscation and misdirection are two of their favorite tactics.

      In the case of this video, I can understand how someone could miss the 2012 reference, I missed it myself and I often notice the small errors in continuity in entertainment TV and movies. You know, like the guy lays his phone on the table and crosses the room and when it rings he fishes it out of his pocket. Small details like that are often overlooked.

      In any case it really doesn’t matter, Ms. Turner is a strong woman who is very intelligent and has a sharp wit and who has found creative ways to fight these troglodytes on a battlefield of their making. She even admitted that she didn’t expect the bill to pass, but she did make a statement.

  • Professor

    Tit for tat makes for amusing reading but doesn’t go anywhere. You have to hit these so-called “public servants” where they live, and that’s gross fiscal irresponsibility. INCONVENIENT FACTS FOR THE GOP:

    Cost of abortion in the first trimester $300 – $500.

    BUT…Do you have ANY idea how much it’s going to cost their states to pay for the medical bills of women without sufficient financial resources that would be forced to bring an unwanted, unaffordable, or damaged fetus to term?

    Vaginal Delivery Without Insurance: $9,000-$17,000.
    C-Section Without Insurance: $14,000-$25,000.
    Usually, the baby receives a separate bill, which typically ranges from $1,500 to $4,000 for a healthy baby delivered at term. For a premature baby with complications who has to spend weeks in a neonatal intensive care unit, this bill can reach tens of thousands of dollars.

    And if women are forced to carry to term a damaged or special needs fetus?
    Think half a million dollars or more that the public will have to cover.
    LET THE GOP TELL THAT TO THE TAXPAYERS OF THEIR STATES.

  • http://gravatar.com/latenightlarry Anonymous 945

    One other thing, that notarized letter “from their sexual partner”, better be signed by their WIFE, not their latest eye candy girlfriend…

  • Tonjia Bruns

    Although abortion is not and would not be my choice, it is not my place to make that decision for others. However, I do feel contraception should be taught and available, no questions asked to any women in her reproductive years. If contraception is available and practiced then these young women would not have to make the agonizing decision as to whether or not to have that abortion. The bible thumping moral majority teaparty morons should realize and understand sex education should be taught in schools. Do they not remember being teenagers????? How many of them can say they practiced abstinence???? Come on folks, grow up, babies having babies is not only bad for the young women it happens to, but it continues to hold women down and puts an even tougher strain on tax payers and our already failing educational system. Unload the gun. Make contraception and sex education a top priority and there will not be as many abortions to have to deal with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nosmoking90 Larry Jones

    The bill wasn’t introduced last week, it was introduced over a year ago (to no avail, alas).

    • Bonnie Fruchey

      This is a different bill than the one last year, the last one was about insurance coverage for viagra, when the hoopla was going on about coverage for birth control. This one is way better, imho:)

  • Phil B.

    Woman are finally starting to wake up and take notice, and I couldn’t be happier.

  • Katie

    YES!!! YES!!! Let me tell you as a 63 year old woman with a husband who takes Cialis without telling me, I want a VOICE in whether these old goats can get that stuff!

  • Samwyze

    You do realize that this happened over a year ago, right?

  • http://gravatar.com/vrswesley violet r schulert endres

    I have to admit even though im pro-life, ithought its a good idea!..I dont believe in abortion but the artical makes some good points about repunbs taking care of preborn children but not afterbirth-thats wrong and hypocritical…I dont believe her bill will pass but its a good idea.

  • Bob Cull

    OMG! It’s an epidemic! These strong, smart and witty women are turning up all over the place, two in less than a week, first Wendy Davis and now Nina Turner! The Teapubs’ heads must be spinning like a ventriloquist’s dummy! How did it happen? How are these women escaping from the control of men? Everyone knows that men are better suited to making all of the important decisions in life, ask any Teapub and he will tell you. How appropriate that this bill is being introduced in Ohio where they just back doored an effectively complete ban on abortion using devious machinations to do an end run around Roe v. Wade.

    • Bonnie Fruchey

      Nina Turner’s been around for a while, doing this kind of thing:) She’s gaining recognition now, I’ve been an admirer for a while now. Glad you noticed her!

      • Bob Cull

        I’ll bet the Teapubs have noticed her also and not in a good way! They have to be going nuts, they have no clue as to how to deal with a woman who “doesn’t know her place.” They expect a woman to sit demurely and respond when spoken to with the proper “yes, dear” or “no dear”. They avoid my sisters and daughters like the plague. LOL

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