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, http://jezebel.com (video), http://www.detroitnews.com, http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com