Lawmaker Silenced for Saying 'Vagina' Makes Us Want to Scream It (VIDEO)

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lisa brownVagina in the House! I said, Vagina in the House! Yesterday Michigan state rep Lisa Brown got all up in her fellow legislators' faces over their proposed abortion bill that imposes new regulations on abortion providers and bans all abortions after 20 weeks. She made a well-reasoned, passionate case about how she, as an observant Jewish woman would never force other people to live by her beliefs -- so why are conservative legislators trying to make all Michigan women live by theirs? And then she let loose the V-Bomb:

And finally, Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but 'no' means 'no.'

Burhurrhurr -- va-WHAT?!? That little aside got Brown banned from speaking on the floor. But she's not finished -- and neither are these other women.

Okay, so maybe Brown should have said "uterus" instead of "vagina" since that's where the zygote grows. But the point is: If you can't say it don't legislate it. This is how exasperated and incredulous women are becoming over these pushy abortion bills.

Rep. Barb Byum is so fed up she tried to introduce an amendment to the bill banning men from getting a vasectomy unless sterilization would save the man's life. Ha! Good one, Barb. Point well taken. Oh and by the way -- you're banned, too. Barb wasn't allowed to introduce the amendment which, in my opinion, is no less ridiculous than the bill itself. But then I guess that point is a little too hard for the House speaker to swallow.

So now two things are forbidden on the Michigan state floor: The word "vagina" and irony.

Well you can ban vagina, irony, and mouthy women all you want. We're not shutting up. If anything, banning Byum and Brown just gave their cause more publicity and support. Has anyone else NOT heard Brown say VAGINA in the Michigan State House? Maybe you should forward this to a few of your friends because obviously we need to hear it more. In fact, I think every conservative politician who wants to support another retro, dark-ages abortion bill should be required to say the word VAGINA aloud in front of his peers, first. As in, "Yes, ladies, I want to get up in your vagina and legislate the hell out of it like I'm the biggest, chaffingest tampon you've ever seen."

Oh I could go ON with that metaphor. But I'll spare us all. The point is, keep making up laws over our lady parts and we'll keep making you squirm by naming those lady parts. You think "vagina" is awkward? Wait until someone yells VULVA.

Do you think Reps. Byum and Brown should have been banned from speaking?


Image via State Representative Lisa Brown




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Kritika Kritika

This isn't about a woman's vagina, it's the 20 week old infant she's carrying inside it. I'm pro-choice but that said, I don't see any reason why a woman needs an abortion at 20 weeks unless her life is in grave danger. And even then, perform a C-section and at least try to save the baby. The more and more I read these stupidities the more and more pro-life I become.

ethan... ethans_momma06

I doubt the problem was with the term 'vagina' itself, but rather with the crass way she tried to present her point and attack (verbally) her colleagues whom she disagrees with.

That doesn't exactly have me jumping for joy or womens rights over here.

I would totally support a woman introducing legislation to affect men's health- if it was actually an equivilant example. A vasectomy is not that, since a vasectomy does not have anything to do with the abortion issue since no semen meets egg. If they were trying to ban tubal ligation or hysterectomys.. yeah, equal.

I wish that people would realize that the issue isn't about sex (and women having it).

CPN322 CPN322

Kritika - you already sound like your pro-life.

No, I do not think she should be banned. I'm not going to go into any further because I firmly believe most pro-lifers won't listen and it won't change their mind, just like they won't change mine. If I was some one of power and influence, then I'd have a lot more to say/

PinkJane PinkJane

Um what?             ...............A vascectomy doesn't kill anyone...??? Abortion does. So I don't understand the comparison. 

femal... femaleMIKE

I am all for women having the choice.  I just think 20 weeks is so late into the pregnancy.  The cutt off should be 10weeks. It becomes more barbaric and evil at that age. 

mommy... mommy2annaliese

I am prolife and agree with the bill and hope it passes. Unfortunately, it probably won't. :(

paren... parentalrights1

Vagina is a bad word now?

Either way. Pro lifers really need to understand that they have a fluffy view of a world without legal abortion. It's not some sunny happy place where children frolick. It's a world where women are once again, property. A world where a woman's body does not belong to her. It can literally belong to any man who wants to make her carry his child. It would belong to the fetus as well and this is far from the worst of it. There isn't enough space probably to type all the problems that illegalizing it would create that don't even just effect woman and child.

The owner of the environment that houses the fetus and the owner of the nutrients being given to the fetus should have every right to give or deny those things for any reason at all. It's HER body and HER vessel that the fetus is living off of and she has every right to want to keep it for herself. Don't have to like her reasons. Alot of the reasons are craptastic as hell, but I'm sure as heck not going to tell women they don't even have the right to make decisions for their bodies anymore. And the "don't have sex" argument doesn't cut it, because having sex doesn't transfer ownership of the woman's body either and if you're going to tell women to stop having sex when they don't want children, then don't tell women they deserve to be cheated on when they stop giving it to their husbands.

zandh... zandhmom2

20 weeks is basically 5 months. I can't understand why any women would wait that long to get an abortion if that is what she wants. 

Kym Cooper

I say if they ban the word "vagina" than they have no right to make any legislation regarding vaginas...

nonmember avatar Guest

She finished her speech, collected her papers, and walked away... How was she "silenced"?

I am "pro-choice", but I don't understand why someone can't make up their mind about such a choice in 20 weeks. It is not uncommon for babies to be born prematurely at ages not much beyond that, and live to be completely normal healthy adults.

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