Friday, June 15, 2012

Michigan Rep. Lisa Brown Silenced For Saying "Vagina"

Prior to 64 Republicans and 6 Democrats in the Michigan House approving sweeping new restrictions on abortion, Rep. Barb Byrum (D) tried to propose an amendment that vasectomies also be regulated. Byrum called out as she was ignored by Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger, who struck his gavel and banned her from talking on the floor on Thursday for being "out of order."

Also banned from talking on Thursday is Rep. Lisa Brown (D), who explained that, as a Jewish woman, she abides by Judaism's tenet that abortions performed to save the life of the mother are mandatory. Brown concluded, "I have not asked you to adopt and adhere to my religious beliefs. Why are you asking me to adopt yours? Finally, Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but no means no." According to one of the Speaker's representatives, Brown was silenced because her remarks were "inappropriate." Brown asked the Daily Beast, "If I said 'elbow,' would I have gotten in trouble? If you're regulating vaginas, I don't know how we're not supposed to talk about them." Watch:

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