The State of Michigan House of Representatives just passed one part of a massive 3-bill package aimed at restricting access to abortions and heavily regulating clinics that perform them.
In the process leading up to the vote, a female representative, Lisa Brown, made a speech stating that she is Jewish and she doesn’t impose her religious beliefs on other members of the house, and therefore, they shouldn’t be imposing their religious beliefs on her. And she finished her speech by saying “I’m flattered that you’re all interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no’.”
She was promptly banned indefinitely from speaking on the house floor for using the word even though it’s the actual scientific term for a woman’s vagina.
The following day, the Republican House Leadership prevented her from speaking about a bill regarding the retirement of school employees, which is how she realized that they were serious about her life-time ban for life for using the word.
In the past there have actually been physical fights between male members on the Michigan House floor and those men did not get banned, so banning a woman who used a scientific term seems more like an attempt to silence a dissenting opinion about the vote.
What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below if you think Ms. Brown was wrong in using the word.
Michigan Woman Lawmakers Silenced By GOP After Abortion Debate ‘Temper Tantrum’