On Friday we reported about Michigan Rep. Lisa Brown and how she was banned from speaking in the Michigan House of Representatives after using the word “vagina” during a debate over the states potential new anti-abortion law. Now Brown along with eight other state legislators have decided to protest that silent treatment by performing the popular women’s play The Vagina Monologues.
The lawmakers will be joined by monologues author Eve Ensler and will perform the show alongside several local actresses. The performance will occur right on the steps of the states Capitol building.
Speaking about the decision to protest the House Of Representatives state senator Gretchen Whitmer revealed:
“No one is throwing these words around (in the Legislature) without a rational context. If these men can’t handle the debate about women’s bodies, they shouldn’t be taking away our rights” to abortion access.
The entire debate started after Rep. Brown said at the end of her debate:
“Finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no.””
A Republican representative then called the medically correct turn “offensive” and “improper.”
In an editorial for the Detroit Free Press Rep. Brown noted:
“These lawmakers—predominantly men—have no problem passing laws about my vagina. But when I dared mention its name, they became outraged.”
In the meantime Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor said she will be reading from the play because Michigan Republicans were guilty of destroying the 1st Amendment by censoring Rep. Lisa Brown after she used a medically correct term during the abortion debate.