Anti-choice bill sponsor in Minnesota: Viagra is a “wonderful drug” that “helps create life”

While Wisconsin’s new restrictions on tele-medicine abortions recently went into effect, Minnesota’s Democratic Governor sensibly vetoed a similar bill in my home state–but not before the bill’s sponsor sang the praises of that “wonderful drug” Viagra.

During debate on the bill a Democratic Senator asked the bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Paul Gazelka, why the abortion pill needed to be regulated but erectile dysfunction meds like Viagra do not. Gazelka responded that unlike RU-486, Viagra is a “wonderful drug” that “helps create life.” Robin Marty at RH Reality Check emailed the Senator to find out more about Gazelka’s love of Viagra. He explained:

Comparing Viagra to RU-486 was comparing apples and oranges or more like comparing life and death. Viagra is a wonderful medical advancement in that can help couples with sexual disfunction issues…it can even help in producing life. RU486 always destroys life by taking the life of the unborn child.

Honestly, anti-choicers’ willingness to claim that “creating life” is an absolute good is astounding to me–since I can’t imagine that most people see it that way. I mean, sure. Viagra is great and no doubt helps many couples in “producing life.” It also, of course, helps them have a happy, fulfilling sex life without producing life. And I’m pretty sure a whole lot of couples would find Viagra a lot less wonderful if it always produced life. Hence, birth control and abortion–two responsibilities that unfortunately tend to fall to women but couples benefit from immensely. Because in the real world–a place that is the polar opposite of the one in anti-choice politicians’ talking points–people not not have sex primarily to “create life.”

Really, only a dude who’s only ever had procreative sex could say something as stupid as BONERS=LIFE. The rest of us don’t believe every boner should end in a life, live in sensible fear that it might, and fight through absurd restrictions on our reproductive rights to ensure that it doesn’t. That is what “respecting the sanctity of life” really looks like. And it’s only thanks to women’s true appreciation for the enormity of “creating life” that dudes like Gazelka can continue to have God complexes about how their boners are the almighty bearers of life, and we can continue to have sex without having our lives ruined by a million little baby Gazelkas.

Gazelka declined to comment on whether he himself used the medication or would consider sponsoring legislation that would create a state database of the personal information of Viagra users. Obviously.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted May 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    The hypocrisy of people who truly think like this is sickening.

    • Posted May 3, 2012 at 7:58 am | Permalink

      I don’t see the hypocrisy. That doesn’t mean that banning RU-486 or abortion is a good idea, but feminists do themselves a disservice by alleging hypocrisy when it isn’t there as if they had a dearth of legitimate objections and need to fabricate one.

  2. Posted May 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    I don’t understand the logic behind abortion and contraception being wrong because it goes against God’s will for a new life, but when the opposite occurs and people are unable to have children because of sterility or in this case ED, suddenly going against God’s will for you to not have children is OK.

  3. Posted May 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    I read a book about Catholic sexuality. It often waxed poetic on the power of love, and went into detail comparing romantic and godly love. Of course one of the big ideas was life being created through the power of love. So yes, this idea of love -> sex -> baby is REALLY important to most devout Christians. It’s not a bad idea, but when it becomes a requirement that will be a problem for most people. Unfortunately these same people often have trouble with the concept of pluralism. Their religious ideas are the TRUTH. I once got involved with “bible study” and my mentor for that had some disturbing ideas about how TRUTH worked. He would say things that had nothing to do with the actual text in the Bible, and later he told me that God protects you from misinterpreting the Bible. So apparently the Bible says whatever you think it says, no doubt, and what that is, is the absolute TRUTH of the universe.

  4. Posted May 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    This is disgusting, but I do wish we would stop saying “pro choice” and “anti choice” and start saying “pro abortion rights” and “anti abortion rights”.

  5. Posted May 3, 2012 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    I don’t know the figures, and I know erectile disfunction can occur at all ages, but is it not often a side effect of old age? So, assuming that the couples using Viagra in these situations are couples Gazelka would approve of, surely a lot of these couples would be married, monogamous, elderly couples, i.e, couples where the woman has gone through the menopause? So, even without contraception, this sex has nothing to do with the intention of creating a child. And if that is what sex is for, then surely Gazelka should only support Viagra for otherwise fertile hetero- couples?

    Also, I’m in the UK and we don’t get as many politicians screaming an anti-choice platform, so I have to ask, do they get all in a twiz about men getting a vasectomy as well?

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