Michigan state representative Lisa Brown has been censured during debate on an abortion bill, and barred from debate on an unrelated bill, after saying something so scandalous, so foul, so egregious it shouldn’t be spoken in mixed company.
“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.”
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.
What did Brown say that was so dreadfully scandalous? If there are any children in the room with you, you’ll probably want to cover their eyes before you read this.
“I have not asked you to adopt and adhere to my religious beliefs. Why are you asking me to adopt yours? And finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no.’”
WHERE ARE MY PEARLS I MUST CLUTCH THEM
The subject of a woman’s vagina is so scandalized, Callton won’t even speak of it in front of people who own vaginas. He will, however, regulate them–the bill under discussion would ban all abortions after 20 weeks, with a narrow exception for the life of the mother.
It must be mentioned, however, that Stamas hasn’t specified precisely why Brown was barred from speaking. Although we’re assuming she was censured for “vagina,” we don’t know it wasn’t “the status of the fetus as human life does not equal that of the mother.” Or “I’m Jewish.”