New Bill Restricts Access to Erectile Dysfunction Treatments

A new bill sponsored by Democratic lawmakers has been generating controversy in recent days.  Named “Fidelity 241”, the bill requires doctors who write prescriptions for the treatment of erectile dysfunction to first verify that the male patients requesting the drug are legally married.  Aside from submitting a notarized copy of their marriage license, the bill also requires that patients sign a binding statement which confirms that they will be using each purple pill solely to have monogamous, procreative sex with only their spouses.

One particularly controversial facet of the bill, which has been denigrated by conservatives as ‘a violating measure which compromises patient confidentiality’, is the clause which requires that patients who wish to receive these drugs be first subjected to a ‘trans-genital’ scan.  During this procedure, a physician uses a wand to inspect the patient’s genital region, looking for signs of sexually transmitted diseases.  Any indication of infection can be used to deny the patient these drugs, on grounds of marital infidelity, or to subject the patient to a 24-hour waiting period before the drug can be prescribed, during which the patient is encouraged to read brochures about committed relationships and to ‘think long and hard about what he has done to get into this situation’.

Those opposed to the bill feel that it is a man’s choice what he does with his own erection.  “This is my body,” said one disgruntled male senator.  “This isn’t about politics.  It is about my personal freedom, and my right to handle my own affairs, extra-marital or not, without outside interference and judgment.”

This bill has found enthusiastic support among Democrats, however, particularly female lawmakers, who have been very vocal in their approval of these measures.  “Erectile dysfunction is a widespread, sensitive and deeply personal issue among men of varying ages,” said one female senator who helped draft the bill.  “As a woman with a husband whose sexual performance and loyalty are of high importance to me, I feel I am uniquely qualified to design and implement this binding legislation.”

 

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