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Ken. bill would require wife's note for Viagra

Posted at 9:27 PM, Feb 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-15 22:27:29-05

A new bill sent to the Kentucky House of Representatives calls for men to visit a doctor twice and bring a signed note from their wives before receiving medication for erectile dysfunction.

Men would also have to swear on a Bible to use the medication only for sexual relations with their wives. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, said, "This is about family values."

Marzian added she doesn't actually expect it to pass. Instead, the bill is meant to mirror the issues she sees in a recent abortion law.  

Marzian, a Democrat, was one of only three representatives who voted against the "informed consent" bill earlier this month, which requires women seeking an abortion to receive counseling from a health professional at least 24 hours before the procedure. 

"I am appalled that the Kentucky General Assembly, which very few have any medical degrees, feel that it is important that they insert themselves between a woman and her physician," Marzian told WDRB. "We do not want government involved in personal, private medical matters."

But some critics have argued Marzian's bill dismisses another serious issue.

"It really disgusts me. These medications are very important to the prostate cancer survivor and shouldn't be taken lightly," the leader of a prostate cancer support group told WKYT

Similar bills in the past were introduced in South Carolina and and Ohio in response to abortion laws. 

This video includes clips from WHAS and WKYT and images from Getty Images.