NPR reports that in response to you know what, Democratic women legislators in six states have proposed new limits to male access to reproductive health care. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/03/15/148695307/in-protest-democrats-zero-in-on-mens-reproductive-health. Consider:
House Bill 116 in Georgia states that: “Thousands of children are deprived of birth in this state every year because of the lack of state regulation over vasectomies.”
An Oklahoma state senator proposed new legislation to regulate sexual acts: “Any action in which a man ejaculates or otherwise deposits semen anywhere but in a woman’s vagina shall be interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child.”
In Ohio, a female state senator sponsored a bill requiring men seeking drugs like viagra to:
- Have a cardiac stress test to ensure they are ready for sexual activity.
- Obtain written certification from a recent sexual partner that they are indeed experiencing erectile dysfunction.
- See a sexual therapist who would explain certain nonprescription lifestyle choices, such as celibacy, as alternate treatments for the problem.
It’s the very passion that people bring to these issues make them such effective smokescreens. If “they” can get us asking the wrong questions…
We slide toward a third war in a decade with no hint of a national debate. Recent news on Citigroup and Goldman Sachs reveal that the players who brought us the last financial meltdown are on track to do it again. People know about Rush Limbaugh. How many have heard of Greg Smith?
It used to be that “Nero fiddling while Rome burned” was the ultimate paradigm of irresponsible leadership. Now it’s the 2012 presidential election.
At first I thought you must have made up the pieces of legislation. Surely serious people can’t think in those terms! Good grief. I can’t wait for this election to be over.
In an earlier draft of the post, I included this statement by Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University: “The ultimate goal in proposing [these] bills…is not to get them passed. By drawing attention to these bills…Democrats are looking to motivate independent and undecided voters, especially women, to show up at the polls in November for the general election.”
This week’s Time Magazine included a brief account but not all the details of the NPR story.
I know what you mean about election years. We started getting automated phone messages at dinner time from our congressman some time ago…