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03/27/2013 12:14 pm ET Updated May 27, 2013

Make March 27th National Nina Turner Day (aka 'Happy Birthday Viagra')

When Republican lawmakers in Ohio put legislation on the table last year that would essentially give government all power over reproductive choice, State Senator Nina Turner came down from her much-deserved perch on Mt. Olympus and slapped an amendment on the bill that showed "just as much care and compassion toward men as the rest of the bill showed toward women."

Specifically, Senator Turner wanted to protect men from the potentially harmful side effects of cGMP-specific phosphodiesterase type 5, or what Liddy Dole might lovingly call "Bob's after dinner mint." You know, Viagra.

Viagra was approved for human erectile dysfunction on March 27, 1998 by the FDA when men refused to give back unused samples during unsuccessful clinical trials for treating heart problems and high blood pressure. So it got approved for, well, something else.

It was 14 years before anyone came up with another use for Viagra, and that credit goes to Turner, as you can see below. So we proclaim March 27th National Nina Turner Day!

Let the celebration begin.

How are you going to celebrate?

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