State Politics and the Gender Wars

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The National Organization for Women calls it "wonderfully humorous," but Ohio's Democratic State Senator Nina Turner says she's "as serious as a heart attack." She's one of the female legislators in several states who say they're giving the men a taste of their own medicine when it comes to restrictions on abortion and contraception. One proposal requires that a doctor confirm that a man has a medical reason for taking Viagra and knows the side effects before he can get a prescription. Another declares it an act against children for men to "waste" sperm. Supporters ask why anti-abortion laws don't make fathers equally accountable. We hear from them and from counterparts calling themselves "pro-life."

Credits

Guests:
Lynn Wachtmann - Ohio House of Representatives, Nina Turner - Ohio State Senate - @ninaturner, Constance N. Johnson - Oklahoma State Senate, Joshua Trevino - Texas Public Policy Foundation - @jstrevino, Jim Wilson - Oklahoma State Senate

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Sonya Geis, Caitlin Shamberg