Michigan Lawmaker Banned From Speaking After Using The Word “Vagina”
Lisa Brown (pictured, right, with staffer Katie Carey) was barred from speaking on the Michigan House floor after she referred to her female anatomy in a speech opposing Republican attempts to restrict abortion.
Brown, a West Bloomfield Democrat and mother of three, said a package of abortion regulation bills would violate her Jewish religious beliefs and that abortions be be allowed in cases where it is required to save the life of the mother.
“Finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no,'” Brown said Wednesday.
Brown’s comment prompted a rebuke Thursday by House Republicans, who wouldn’t allow her to voice her opinion on a school employee retirement bill.
“What she said was offensive,” said Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville. “It was so offensive, I don’t even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that in mixed company.”
One has to wonder what word Rep. Callton does use, then, when referring to a very well-known part of a woman’s body.