Seeds: 1998 was a year that changed the world forever. For one, I was born, but other things happened too: the U.S. began missile strikes in Afghanistan against Al-Qaeda and a new drug, Viagra, was introduced to the world to help men with their own personal missiles. Viagra is a drug designed to help men with erectile dysfunction (basically, can’t-get-it-up-disease), and from the moment it was made available to the male public, it was a hit.
Core: This week, in an effort to raise awareness against laws that make it more difficult for women to get an abortion in Kentucky, state representative, Mary Lou Marzian proposed a bill that would make it more difficult for men to attain Viagra. If this law is enacted, it would mean that male Kentuckians with erectile dysfunction would have to be married, complete two doctor’s visits, and attain a signed and dated letter of consent from their spouse in order to buy the drug. The proposal is meant to hit the male majority lawmakers in Kentucky where it hurts (literally and figuratively). With this bill, Marzian hopes to expose the unfair nature of laws that make it more difficult for women to make decisions about their own bodies.
Skin: The introduction of this bill has helped to reignite the debate on abortion. The extreme nature of the proposed law has drawn the public’s attention back to the role that federal and state governments play in the world of women’s health and just what it means for a person to be in charge of their own body.
Leaves: The debate on abortion does not seem to be one that has a real end in sight. Because the issue is so divisive, there does not seem to be any middle ground.
Food For Thought: What do you think about abortion? Are you pro-choice or pro-life? Do you think making it more difficult to attain Viagra is the male equivalent of making it more difficult for a woman to get an abortion? Tell us what you think.
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