Two boxes with the new anti-impotence drug Cialis (tadafil) are pictured in a Munich pharmacy February 4, 2003. (RTXLRYW)

What if men seeking erectile dysfunction drugs in South Carolina had to go through the same process as women seeking abortions?

This is the novel question that state Rep. Mia McLeod (D) is exploring in a bill that she pre-filed last week in the South Carolina House of Representatives. While she doesn’t expect it to pass in her “male-dominated” legislature, McLeod told NBC she hopes it will broaden the discussion surrounding abortion services in the state.

“I purposely tried to make it as invasive, as intrusive, as hypocritical and unnecessary as possible to make the point,” she said.


Mia McLeod (South Carolina State Legislature)

The bill would affect men seeking Viagra, Cialis or any other drug designed to treat erectile dysfunction. Some of the steps that men would have to complete before gaining access to the drug are as follows:

Obtain a notarized affidavit in which at least one of the patient’s sexual partners affirms that the patient has experienced symptoms of erectile dysfunction during the 90 days preceding the affidavit’s date.

Be referred to a sexual therapist licensed by the State Board of Examiners in Psychology for an assessment of the possible causes of the patient’s symptoms of erectile dysfunction and obtain a written report in which the therapist concludes that the patient’s symptoms are not attributable solely to one or more psychological conditions.

Attend three sessions of outpatient counseling within a period of not less than six months after the drug is prescribed to ensure the patient’s understanding of the dangerous side effects of drugs intended to treat the symptoms of erectile dysfunction and consider celibacy as a viable lifestyle choice.

These guidelines mimic the state’s restrictions on abortion, enacted there and elsewhere as hurdles.

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