Viagra: Because Congress has nothing better to do

A Virginia Democrat introduces an act to ban ads for the drug from appearing on television before 10 p.m.

Published May 7, 2009 2:15PM (EDT)

Thank God at least one member of Congress still knows where the Legislative branch's priorities should lie. While everyone else is focusing on little things like two wars and an economic crisis, Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., is fighting the good fight.

Against Viagra advertising.

CNN reports that Moran recently introduced the Families for ED Advertising Decency Act, which, if passed, would block advertising for drugs intended to treat erectile dysfunction or provide "male enhancement" from appearing on television or radio between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. So far, one co-sponsor -- Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pa. -- has signed on.

"I don't want to be prudish about it," Moran said. "I understand there is limitless market to deal with male insecurity and it's fine for drug companies to make a profit on that. The problem is that they are showing these ads when small children are bound to get curious."

Normally I might, say, make snarky jokes about legislation like this. But not this time. In fact, I support this bill -- or, at least, I will if there's one minor change made. If Rep. Moran alters the legislation so as to ban those new Geico commercials with the money with googly eyes, I can promise him that the full weight of War Room will be behind his bill. Those ads are just annoying, right? Who's with me?

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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