Local Legislator Introduces Anti-Viagra Bill

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By Lisa Sylvester, CNN

There has been some backlash on a proposed anti-Viagra bill introduced by a female legislator from northeast Ohio.

State Sen. Nina Turner wants men to see a sex therapist and meet other criteria before getting a prescription for erectile dysfunction drugs.

Turner wants a man's access to those medications to be restricted in Ohio.

Men would not be able to get a prescription without a signed affidavit by their sex partner. They would also have to sit down first with a sex therapist to determine if the issue is medical or psychological, as well as being screened for underlying health issues.

"It is patently unfair in this country that we simply only focus in on women's reproductive health. We have to show men we care about them too," Turner says with more than a hint of sarcasm in her voice. "For far too long, female legislators have abdicated their responsibility to tell men what they need do with their bodies."

Turner insists her bill is a serious piece of legislation. She is one of at least five state lawmakers who have recently introduced bills affecting men's reproductive health.

It's in direct response to a significant uptick in state legislation governing a woman's access to abortion and contraception. In 2011, there were 1,100 provisions introduced in the 50 states -- up from 950 in 2010, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

"Women should have the right to choose, so whether it's contraception or abortion, it is between them, their God and their doctors, and they should not need a permission slip from government," Turner says.

Getting her bill passed is a long shot, but Turner says that's not the goal. The goal is to have the debate.