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Thu Jun 14, 2012, 06:53 PM

Rep. Lisa Brown: 'I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but no means no!'

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Lawmaker barred from speaking over 'vagina' comment

Lansing – House Republicans prohibited state Rep. Lisa Brown from speaking on the floor Thursday after she ended a speech Wednesday against a bill restricting abortions by referencing her female anatomy.

Brown, a West Bloomfield Democrat and mother of three, said a package of abortion regulation bills would violate her Jewish religious beliefs that pregnancy be aborted 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.”

Brown’s comments were published in Thursday’s Detroit News.

Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas, R-Midland, determined Brown’s comments violated the decorum of the House, said Ari Adler, spokesman for the Republican majority.

“If I can’t say the word vagina, why are we legislating vaginas?” Brown asked Thursday at a hastily called Capitol press conference. “What language should I use?”

Brown noted “vagina” is the “medically correct term.”

“We’re all adults here,” she said.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120614/POLITICS02/206140467

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Reply Rep. Lisa Brown: 'I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but no means no!' (Original post)
kpete Jun 2012 OP
GodlessBiker Jun 2012 #1
hrmjustin Jun 2012 #2
James48 Jun 2012 #3
Art_from_Ark Jun 2012 #4
Spitfire of ATJ Jun 2012 #9
HopeHoops Jun 2012 #5
longship Jun 2012 #6
Major Hogwash Jun 2012 #7
MindMover Jun 2012 #8

Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 06:56 PM

1. She is a hero.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 07:04 PM

2. Run her for congress.

Better yet the senate.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 07:09 PM

3. Press Conference this afternoon

LANSING - Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas (R-Midland) today banned two Democratic women legislators from speaking on the House Floor as the House of Representatives takes up its final legislation before the summer recess. State Representatives Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) and Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) were not told why the ban was put in place, but it is widely believed it stems from their opposition to radical anti-choice legislation that passed the House yesterday.

"Both Representative Byrum and I were gaveled down without cause yesterday while voicing our opposition to the Republican's war on women here in Michigan, "said Rep. Brown. "Regardless of their reasoning, this is a violation of my First Amendment rights and directly impedes my ability to serve the people who elected me into office. I was either banned for being Jewish and rightfully pointing out that House Bill 5711 was forcing contradictory religious beliefs upon me and any other religion. Or it is because I said the word 'vagina' which is an anatomically, medically correct term. If they are going to legislate my anatomy, I see no reason why I cannot mention it."

HB 5711 which passed 70-39 with one Representative abstaining addresses treatment of fetal remains, coercive abortion screening, physician liability and rules for certain abortion facilities.

The press conference:

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 07:29 PM

4. I wonder what kinds of words those good ol' boys use

after the microphones are turned off...

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 01:06 AM

9. It ain't "tweeny".

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 08:00 PM

5. She didn't say "pussy" or "cunt". What's the problem here? She used "vagina". As in TV ultrasound.

 

"Twat"? Would that work for them? "Nookie"? "Coochie"? How the hell else is she going to express her feelings about the legislation? I know a good dozen other less flattering terms, but as far as a public discourse is concerned, "vagina" is equivalent to "penis" in the context. I have a penis. My wife has a vagina. Twat's twat and that's that (Carlin). I thought her delivery was articulate, well thought out, and spot on. If MI can't handle a medical term for a female's naughty bits, they're doomed.


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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 09:05 PM

6. Indeed, we're doomed.

Between the fucking idiot Calvinists (the Grand Rapids based Dutch Reformed Church including their fucking AmWay pyramid scheming followers-on and their insane torturing BlackWater in-laws) and the loony fundamentalists everywhere else, MI is indeed doomed.

Pray -- so to speak -- for Detroit, the last bastion for hope in this state.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 09:25 PM

7. Callton said that her comment was offensive, yet those dicks want to restrict women's rights!!!

I did NOT say that!

I'm sure they aren't all dicks.
Well, just the ones in the majority of the House, the Republicans anyway.

Stamas said that Brown’s comments "violated the decorum of the House".
Sheesh, it's a good thing I wasn't there.
I'd have called Stamas a googly-faced, whiney, whiner and then stared at him intensely until he broke into tears!



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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 09:53 PM

8. When she said they were all adults there.....that was the moment when she misspoke.....

Maybe she could have used the words, "That thing between my legs in the center of my body that babies come out of." Then the Republicants would have been alright with that terminology.....


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