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Michigan State Rep. Banned From Speaking On House Floor For Saying 'Vagina'

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Attention lawmakers! Don't reference body parts when your speaking to the house floor. Some adults can't handle the mention of a woman's genitalia!

Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown was BANNED from speaking on the House Floor after using the word "vagina" when arguing against a series of anti-abortion bills which, amongst other things, bans all abortions after 20 weeks with no exceptions for rape and incest.

Since the bill is largely backed by conservatives and supported by Christian groups, she argued that she doesn't try to make laws based on her Judaism. In fact, her religious law states that abortions performed to preserve the life of the mother "are not only permissible, but mandatory." However, she points out that she has not asked for the laws of the state to adhere to her religious beliefs.

Such a fantastic and logical argument! She then ended her speech (above) by expressing that she's "flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but no means no."

LOL! Go gurl!

Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas was offended by her mentioning the medical term and then didn't allow her the opportunity to speak the next day on an unrelated bill.

So much for free speech!

The man with the ban defended his actions by saying this though:

"My concern was the decorum of the House, not of anything she said. I ask all members to maintain a decorum of the House, and I felt it went too far yesterday."

Mz. Brown, on the other hand, isn't ashamed for her choice of words. Since she used the "anatomically medically correct term" for the genitals God gave her, she pointed out, "If they are going to legislate my anatomy, I see no reason why I cannot mention it."

Srsly! What is with people's irrational fear of anything that could be considered sexual? If the debate is over how to handle life that results from sex, which requires a penis to penetrate a vagina (or at least sperm to penetrate an egg), the word "vagina" is very much appropriate!

Apparently some lawmakers in the Michigan House of Representatives still have A LOT of growing up to do. Their immaturity is offensive to us, but we STILL wouldn't dream of banning them from speaking!

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13 comments to “Michigan State Rep. Banned From Speaking On House Floor For Saying 'Vagina'”



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    I don't know what bothers me more about this story. The fact that the government is now censoring it's governing members, thereby making the first amendment and the democratic system useless in Michigan. Or… The fact that what these women said was not vulgar?! They used medical terminology! Now was Rep. Brown attempting to be over the top when debating her side? Of course she was - but who gets to dictate what decorum is anyway?



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    FYI: Jim Stamas also disallowed another Representative from speaking in the House following usage of the word "vasectomy." Oh, and she was talking about a vasectomy - she was not being dramatic or over the top. She was talking about an actual medical procedure while comparing it the state's current abortion law.



  3. 3

    WTF. Our politicians must be totally fucked up in their head.

  4. Madelyn says – reply to this


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    I hate to say it, but the wrong form of "you're" was used in this post.



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    Maybe he should have paid his attentions to the House and their decorum rather than banning her from speaking. And people aren't afraid of talking about sexuality (well yes, they are), but they're especially afraid of women's sexuality (it's not even about her sexuality here- it's about her HEALTH) and women having sexual freedom and control of themselves because it threatens and 'emasculates' their poor little male egos. If nature allowed *men* to get pregnant and have babies the world would be totally different and abortions and access to reproductive health care would be so easy to come by. But we live in a misogynistic world and I hope we can open our eyes to the injustices around us such as the war on women.



  6. 6

    Re: PazyAmor – What Paz said.

  7. AMAC says – reply to this


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    x2 what paz said.. i can't believe a controversy from the michigan house floor made it to perez



  8. 8

    prob because they were all thinking about her vagina and she kind of said it thus noone got any work done that day…or the next from the sounds of it..



  9. 9

    Nah, they probably just didn't want her to hear a bimbo ass feminist running her mouth. Silly women, politics are for big BOYS. not girls.



  10. 10

    Re: NookiesWA – You just keep telling yourself that.

  11. TSJ says – reply to this


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    Yep, keep passing on inaccurate information as fact (this goes for the commenters as well). 1) Not banned, "silenced"
    2) It had nothing to do with the word vagina itself and everything to do with her acting like a jackass. There is a huge difference between an impassioned speech and being a belligerent idiot.
    3) The other woman was not [silenced] for saying 'vasectomy' - she was silenced for speaking out of turn and refusing to follow the rules of the house.

    You liberals are just as bad as the conservatives.

  12. TSJ says – reply to this


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    Re: TSJ
    Sorry, next time I will read your article better - and not waste my time replying to some jackass without remedial spelling and grammar pretending to be the "press".



  13. 13

    Re: NookiesWA – Your obvious lack of brain cells is the perfect demonstration on why more women are in politics.

    We can think. I'd say try it sometime…but you'd get hurt.