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In Response To Proposed Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Bill, Sen. Farnese Proposes Invasive Tests For Men

By Chelsea Karnash

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – In the wake of the controversy surrounding a bill that would require women seeking abortions to get a pre-procedure ultrasound, one Pennsylvania Senator has introduced similar legislation—for men.

Democratic Senator Larry Farnese says he plans to introduce a new bill next week that would require men with erectile dysfunction (ED) to undergo similarly invasive testing.

Under Farnese’s proposal, male patients seeking treatment for ED would be required to undergo a full prostate exam and cardiac stress test, submit a signed affidavit from a sexual partner that confirms the patient suffers from ED, participate in sex therapy, and watch a video that describes the side effects of medication used to treat erectile dysfunction.

Bill 1077, which would require women to undergo a pre-abortion invasive ultrasound, was recently introduced in Pennsylvania, but is now stalled after opposition from medical organizations.

Republican Governor Tom Corbett had pledged to support the controversial bill, inciting outrage after commenting that women who didn’t want the procedure could “just close their eyes” (see previous story).

Sen. Farnese says his bill is meant to underscore the “ridiculousness” of Bill 1077, and what many see as the hypocrisy of requiring women to submit to a “degrading” invasive procedure mandated by law without requiring men to do the same.

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  • Paul Betzler

    Senator Farnese is making a good point in his plan. If women are facing problems and have to get a pre-procedure ultrasound if they wish to get an abortion, men should then have to do something similar. It is only fair and that is the point
    Senator Farnese is trying to make.

  • harry

    Sen Farnese,keep your politics out of my pants.My Junk in the trunk is none of the states business.

  • cj

    This all boils down to a few throwing their beliefs on everyone else. That is what you get when you don’t keep Church and State separated. You get a law that degrades women and treats them like property. A bunch of pathetic wanna be men believe they own women.

  • stargazersteve

    I don’t care if this gets defeated as long as it get PR. I don’t know where Farnese serves, but he has MY vote!! This is in the great tradition of Jonathan Swift and his “Modest Proposal”. What an original mind!

  • Peter

    This bill will get killed quickly because the pill makers stand to lose a lot of money. The other bill means money for ultrasound equipment manufacturers

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