Democrat Kelly Cassidy, a state representative in Illinois, is proposing a bill that would force men to watch a video showing the graphic side-effects of using Viagra before receiving a prescription for the drug. She claims her bill would provide “gender equity” and balance a bill proposed by male Republicans requiring all women to have an unnecessary ultrasound before having an abortion. She argued if government is serious about making health care decisions for women without their consent then government should make the same decisions for men. And she is right: Personal health care decisions should be made by the individual, not government — Democrat or Republican.
Since Rush Limbaugh insulted, slandered and verbally attacked college student Sandra Fluke because of her testimony in front of a Congressional hearing on women’s health, gender-equity amendments to state abortion legislation are spreading across the country. Constance Johnson, a Democrat in Oklahoma, is proposing an amendment to the state’s fetal personhood bill. The Republican bill declares we become a person at the time of conception. Johnson is proposing a “spilled sperm” amendment declaring it would be a crime for men to waste sperm. Actually, it would be a crime to waste it after four hours of work to produce it. If you think that is funny, you must be a Democrat at heart.
State Sen. Janet Howell, a Democrat in Virginia, has introduced an amendment to the Republican bill mandating an ultrasound for every women considering an abortion. It would require a rectal exam for all men wanting a prescription for Viagra. Ooh! Not good. On the other hand, it might not be that bad. According to Raley’s pharmacy, the current price for one Viagra pill is about $33. If the demand for the prescription drug decreases, Pfizer might sell it over the counter at a lower price.
In Wilmington, Del., City Councilwomen Loretta Washington proposed a resolution stating the health concerns for women, the “egg person,” and men, the “sperm person,” should be treated equally by government.
None of us knows which came first, the chicken or the egg. We will never know what life is until we know the meaning of death. Some Republican Christian zealots think they alone know the answers concerning the meaning of life. They claim this country’s Constitution was framed on Christian values and we should return to these values to save us all from the devil. Yet, it is this same ilk that led people into Christian wars during the Crusades and into our current conflict with the Muslims.
We displayed our Christian values to the world on Aug. 6, 1945. We dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, murdering 150,000 non-militant citizens. Three days later, again exacting Christian revenge for the disaster at Pearl Harbor, we taught the world what Christian mercy under god really meant. We dropped another atomic bomb, this one on Nagasaki killing more than 60,000 innocent civilians.
Spreading our Christian values of hypocrisy to the Middle East, we’re using “nation building” as an excuse to interfere in their political and tribal wars. Why should we allow Muslim tribal leaders to kill their own people, when our Christian soldiers can do it for them?
Republican supporters of presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mitt argue for less government. They defend their Constitutional right to exercise their own religious freedom, however they don’t want anyone else to have the same Constitutional right to reject their extreme and hypocritical moral codes as the law of the land.
Before any elected Bible belt bullies pass legislation that threatens the health of women, interferes with the sex life of a man and his erection lasting more than four hours or engages us in another war, they should first have their head examined and then take a deep breath during a mandated rectal exam.
David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist. The polemics of his articles can be discussed at email@example.com.