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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Editorials on legislative watch: An Ohio bill would balance the sexual scales ...

Above: Jack and Keanu explain why men need to be protected from Viagra.

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- Good for the gander: Ohio lawmaker balances the scales - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Members of the Utah Legislature, of other legislative bodies and of Congress insist that they are only concerned about the health and moral fiber of women when they make it more difficult to have an abortion or to obtain contraceptives. Shouldn’t they show as much concern about the male of the species?

One lawmaker in Ohio is showing them the way.

Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner, a Democrat from Cleveland, has introduced a bill that would require Buckeye State men seeking a prescription for a class of drug known to doctors as PDE-5 inhibitors — and to people who watch the ads on televised sporting events as Viagra — to have a second opinion before they could get their little blue pills. ...

... As The Columbus Dispatch reported the other day, Turner is only hoping to "guide men to make the right decision for their bodies."

Turner explained her bill in a press release: "The men in our lives, including members of the General Assembly, generously devote time to fundamental female reproductive issues — the least we can do is return the favor. It is crucial that we take the appropriate steps to shelter vulnerable men from the potential side effects of these drugs." ...

...Turner’s proposal is, of course, one of those "message bills" that Utah lawmakers are so fond of. It isn’t intended to become law so much as to make a point.

The point being: If women need legal protection from their own sexual urges and behaviors, then men do, too.

Related:

- I support Senator Turner's legislation for sexual health equality [An online petition] - Progress Ohio

- State Senator Nina Turner Proposes "Men’s Health" Bill - Cleveland Scene

Democratic state Senator Nina Turner of Cleveland is fast becoming the queen of semi-satirical legislation that points out the absurdity of proposed Republican legislation.

Last fall, in response to a proposed Republican bill that would have required anyone receiving public assistance — including the unemployment they’ve paid for — to be drug-tested at their own expense, she and state Rep. Bob Hagan suggested a bill mandating the drug testing of state legislators. ...

- Turning The Table On Birth Control: Sen. Introduces Bill For Erectile Dysfunction Drugs - Meghan Casserly, Forbes

- Message in a battle - Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle Editorial

Democrats win public relations war, as GOP shoots itself in foot

- Have you no shame, Rush? - Maureen Dowd, The New York Times

... Rush and Newt Gingrich can play the studs, marrying again and again until they find the perfect adoring young wife. But women pressing for health care rights are denigrated as sluts....<



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