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How South Carolina's 'Viagra Bill' Mirrors Abortion Laws

How South Carolina's 'Viagra Bill' Mirrors Abortion Laws

In South Carolina, Representative Mia McLeod alongside a subcommittee of House Democrats proposed a bill that would require men seeking a prescription for Viagra to confront the same hurdles a woman must endure when seeking an abortion.

The requirements, as reported by Associated Press, would include a 24-hour waiting period, a notarized letter from a sexual partner confirming the necessity of the drug, and a counseling session that would encourage men to pursue lifelong celibacy.

The bill's purpose is to show how the government dictates what to do with people's bodies as well as highlight the double standards on how women and men's sexual health are treated. It is McLeod's intention to bring this issue to light. "Government has no place making a decision for people when it comes to abortion — or erectile dysfunction, " said McLeod.

The original bill, which was pre-filed December 2015, required users to be psychologically evaluated prior to obtaining the prescription and undergo a cardiac stress test every 90 days while using the drug.

"Those who are adamant about introducing some type of abortion bill every session, that’s really what this is about — I’m just sick of it," she told FreeTimes. "We've got much bigger fish to fry. I just decided that until they could stay out of my uterus I would refuse to stay out of their bedroom."

Although it is not likely that the newly proposed bill will pass the state's full legislature, McLeod believes that her efforts to "broaden the discussion and expose hypocrisy" have already been realized.

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