The mostly male state legislators appear sexist on both sides of the gender “health” equation.
On the female side, Senate Bill 4 fast-tracks as the first bill in this legislative session. It controls women’s health and bodies by inserting legislative decision between a woman and her health-care provider via mandating a face-to-face medical consultation or video teleconference before an abortion.
On the male side, why isn’t control of men’s health and bodies equally important? Gov. Matt Bevin should table SB 4 while establishing a pilot program tested on male legislators to determine effects of face-to-face and video teleconferenced medical consultation in alerting men to life-threatening dangers of erectile dysfunction drugs.
And Bevin should appeal rather than acquiesce to the George W. Bush-appointed federal judge’s ruling giving millions of Kentucky tax dollars to a Noah’s Ark theme park owned by a creationist ministry that discriminates in hiring. Such money can be diverted to the “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander” pilot program with health and economic cost analyses of both mandated men and women’s “health” programs.
Better yet, use the millions to fund Kentucky’s under- and non-insured health programs, including kynect, Medicaid and Planned Parenthood.