Vagina and Vasectomy Taboo Words on House Floor

Vagina and Vasectomy Taboo Words on House Floor Linda Franklin The Real Cougar WOmanTwo Michigan State Reps. were blocked from speaking on the House floor after using the words ‘vagina’ and ‘vasectomy’ while opposing a proposed anti-abortion bill the day before.

Lisa Brown, D-West Bloomfield, was told that she was not allowed participate in Thursday’s debate because of her earlier ‘offensive comments’ and ‘unprofessional conduct’.

Rep. Barb Byrum, D-Onondaga, claims she was also prohibited from speaking on Thursday for using the word ‘vasectomy’ during Wednesday’s debate. 

During the heated debate, Brown, who is Jewish, spoke against a proposed bill which would further regulate abortions. ‘Wherever there’s a question of the life of the mother, or that of the unborn child, Jewish law rules in favour of preserving the life of the mother,’ she said.

‘The status of the fetus as human life does not equal that of the mother. I have not asked you to adapt and adhere to my religious beliefs. Why are you asking me to adapt to yours?’ 

But what caused the most controversy were the closing words to Brown’s speech. ‘And finally, Mr Speaker,’ she said. ‘I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but no means no.’

Some Representatives applauded her impassioned statement but others did not take too kindly to her bold words.

‘What she said was offensive,’ state Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, told The Detroit News. ‘It was so offensive, I don’t even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that in mixed company,’ he said. 

State Rep. Lisa Lyons, R-Alto, agreed. ‘As a woman and mother, I was personally offended by Rep. Lisa Brown’s disgraceful actions during Wednesday’s floor debate, she said.

Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas, R-Midland, said the decision to bar Brown from speaking was not her reference to the female anatomy, but her conduct.

But Brown yesterday defended her decision to use the ‘v-word’. ‘If I can’t say the word vagina, why are we legislating vaginas?’ Brown said during a Capitol press conference. ‘What language should I use? We’re all adults here.’

During the same debate, Byrum tried to introduce an amendment that would regulate vasectomies but was not allowed to speak. She protested and was declared ‘out of order’.

 Byrum said, ‘It’s my impression that I’m being banned from speaking as a result of my use of the term vasectomy – a medical procedure,’ she told The Huffington Post.

‘Neither of us has been contacted by Republican leadership as to why or how long we’ve been banned. Talk about disrespectful, that they don’t have the common decency to tell us themselves.’

Seriously, these women should be applauded, but instead sent to the woodshed for expressing their opinions.  I guess Lisa had two strikes against her before she opened her mouth – she’s a woman and she’s Jewish. 

The idea that a woman can’t speak freely about their anatomy or procedures involving genitalia is embarrassing.  Is this 2012 or l952?  I guess the party line is women should be seen and not heard.  How frightening is that? 

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