No, not TINA Turner…
…although she’s plenty awesome in her own right. This is NINA Turner…
…and this is why she rocks:
Ohio State Senator Nina Turner (D) has proposed legislation requiring that men looking to buy erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra receive a psychological evaluation, a measure she said Wednesday she proposed out of appreciation.
“The men in our lives, including members of the General Assembly, generously devote time to fundamental female reproductive issues — the least we can do is return the favor,” she quipped in a statement Thursday. “It is crucial that we take the appropriate steps to shelter vulnerable men from the potential side effects of these drugs.”
The proposal is Turner’s latest response to state Republican tactics like the “Heartbeat Bill,” a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade that would have outlawed abortions as soon as a fetus’ heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, and a Republican committee’s vote last month to put Planned Parenthood at the bottom of the priority list for state funding.
Earlier this year, Turner also introduced a bill requiring men be certified as impotent by a sexual partner and undergo sex therapy before getting a Viagra prescription.
Her latest proposal requires that men planning to purchase Viagra and other PDE5 inhibitors, often used to treat impotence, get not only clearance from a medical physician, but a second opinion from an unaffiliated psychological doctor stating the patient suffers from “a true medical malady” before being allowed treatment.
You really have to admire a woman who can successfully combine well-directed sarcasm at patriarchy with a genuine concern for the lives, health, and well-being of men.
Nina Turner, I salute you.