Men in Kentucky could soon have to get a note from their wives before being allowed to purchase Viagra.
Representative Mary Lou Marzian has mounted a light-hearted protest against new abortion restrictions by proposing a new bill.
Last week Kentucky governor Matt Bevin signed a bill forcing women to consult with a doctor at least 24 hours before an abortion – a law she voted against.
Now Ms Marzian has put forward legislation that would force men who want to use erectile dysfunction drugs to jump through several hoops before they are allowed to buy it.
If passed, men would have to visit a doctor twice and then get a note from their wives.
She said: “I want to protect these men from themselves. This is about family values.”
She added that a man requiring the drugs would have to “make a sworn statement with his hand on a Bible that he will only use a prescription for a drug for erectile dysfunction when having sexual relations with his current spouse.
“I started thinking: ‘how would this body men feel if the government was injecting itself into their private medical decision?'”
Ms Marzian is an abortion rights supporter who has argued that government should not be able to interfere with people’s medical decisions.
She said: “We are very ‘family values’ in the Kentucky General Assembly – they are all awash in Christian family values, so that’s why I put that part in there that erectile pills can only be used in a marital relationship.”
She has admitted that the bill is symbolic and unlikely to receive much support.
More provocative proposals are in the pipeline.
She plans to introduce a bill that would require gun buyers to get counselling from victims of gun violence 24 hours ahead of a firearms purchase.
“I’m just making sure the government is taking care of your safety,” she said.