Michigan Lawmaker Silenced for Saying 'Vagina'
'What language should I use?' wonders Rep. Lisa Brown
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff | Suggested by fancygapva
Posted Jun 15, 2012 2:20 AM CDT
Updated Jun 15, 2012 4:29 AM CDT
Michigan state Rep. Lisa Brown.   (housedems.com)

(Newser) – You can say it on television, but not in Michigan's Republican-majority House of Representatives. Democratic Rep. Lisa Brown was barred from speaking on the House floor as punishment for saying "vagina" during a debate on abortion rights, the Detroit News reports. "Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but 'no' means 'no,'" she said. She was accused of failing to "maintain the decorum of the House," as was another Democrat who proposed an amendment to the abortion bill requiring men to prove their lives were in danger before getting vasectomies.

What Brown said "was offensive," one Republican lawmaker said. "It was so offensive, I don't even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that in mixed company." Brown accused the opposition lawmakers of violating her First Amendment rights, reports the Detroit Free Press. "If I can't say the word vagina, why are we legislating vaginas?" she asked. "What language should I use?" Vagina, she noted, is the "medically correct" term. "We're all adults here, she said.

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Sep 10, 2012 8:26 AM CDT
Lisa Brown said: " Vagina, she noted, is the "medically correct" term. "We're all adults here, she said." No, apparently we are not all adults. Apparently you are including yourself in that statement and you are talking like a juvenile.
Jun 19, 2012 11:59 AM CDT
If the the Representatives of the house that were offended by the word vagina only realised that their mother could have used a corncob or cork and they would not be here today for such petty crap.
Jun 18, 2012 11:20 PM CDT
okay guys - lets turn this around. Hypothetical situation: There is a law being debated about requiring all men to get circumcised. It is a religious imperative for some (the Bible says it's necessary in the OT - the same place it condemns homosexuality) and many doctors agree that it has medical benefits...Now imagine a group of women legislators arguing about this and saying for the sake of public health the procedure MUST be done on all men by the time they reach the age where sexual intercourse is normal and probable - you have no choice in the matter - the government knows best what you need to do with your body. Even if your ALREADY circumcised you would probably be offended at this idea... Now a male legislator gets up and says: "Ms. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my penis, but I disagree with this mandate" If all the female legislators got offended would you support THEM in censuring the guy? The shock factor was intentional AND appropriate to bring the discussion back to the real people the law they are discussing affects, who happen to have vaginas. As offended as they were about her comment - she was offended that they think they have a right to legislate her body - to her it was a personal attack and deserved a personal response.