Michigan State Rep. Banned from Speaking after ‘Vagina’ Comment
State Representative Lisa Brown was banned from speaking on the Congressional floor Thursday in Lansing after she spoke out against an anti-abortion bill by referencing part of the female anatomy.
Brown said a package of bills designed to regulate abortion would violate her religious beliefs.
"Finally, Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but 'no' means 'no,'" Brown said Wednesday, according to The Detroit News.
One day later, House Republicans banned the Bloomfield Hills Democrat from speaking on the floor about 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."
It was later determined by Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas that the ban violated the decorum of the House.
"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?" She noted that vagina is the medical term, and added, "We're all adults here."