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Friday, June 15, 2012

Vagina banned from legislature

This actually happened, yesterday. Why are these guys so scared of the word "vagina?" After all, they're always trying to control what women do with their vaginas, they should at least have the decency to say the word. 
Two Democratic women in the Michigan House of Representatives, who used the words “vagina” and “vasectomy” in debating an abortion bill, had their privilege to speak withdrawn for a day on Thursday.

State Rep. Lisa Brown triggered the silencing when she ended a speech with the words, “Finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no’.”
The Legislature is considering legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, unless a pregnant woman’s life is in danger.

State Rep. Barb Byrum was silenced after she tried to introduce an amendment requiring men to prove that their life is in danger before being allowed to receive a vasectomy.”
House Speaker James Bolger declared in a statement that Brown and Byrum could not speak on a school employees retirement bill.

Bolger added that they “will not be recognized to speak on the House floor today after being gaveled down for their comments and actions yesterday that failed to maintain the decorum of the House of Representatives.”

As a press conference where she could speak, Rep. Brown declared:  “I am outraged that this legislative body not only wants to dictate what women do, but what we can say.”

Sources: Seattle PI,  AP, (video),,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Vagina, vagina, vagina! I thought I’d better say it before it ceases to exist. Opposite of Karl Rove’s comment to Plato, “But surely you agree that truth can be created by the repetition of a lie,” maybe Jim Stamas’ ban on the word will persuade people to believe that vagina’s really don’t exist. I’m just saying…
Jana Hum/114