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Poll: Should Lawmaker be Barred from Speaking after 'Vagina' Remark?

Rep. Lisa Brown of West Bloomfield referenced her Jewish faith and anatomy while arguing against legislation restricting abortion.

A day after state House Rep. Lisa Brown used the word "vagina" while arguing against new abortion legislation, she was prohibited from speaking on the floor about an education bill.

While Brown (D-West Bloomfield), a Jewish mother of three, said she was not given a reason why Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas (R-Midland) barred her from speaking on the education matter Thursday, she assumed it had to do with her earlier remarks that claimed House Bill 5711 forces contradictory religious beliefs upon her and others.

"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," Brown said in a release.

What got Brown in hot water? Here's what she said:

"Wherever there is a question of the life of the mother or that of the unborn child, Jewish law rules in favor of preserving the life of the mother," Brown said Wednesday. "I have not asked you to adopt and adhere to my religious beliefs. Why are you asking me to adopt yours?"

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

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, The Detroit News reported.

What do you think?

Was Brown's use of the word "vagina" offensive? Did it warrant her being prohibited to speak Thursday? Vote in our poll below and leave your comments, too.

Cathy Fucinari June 19, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I don't hate men. I only intensely dislike ignorant people. If the show fits......
Debra L. Van Buren June 20, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Rep. Lisa Brown's comment(s) were blown way out of proportion. She has the right to express herself, and I do not feel she was inappropriate in her remarks. Women have rights, too. Any penalties against her are totally unjustifiable in my opinion. She is being blamed merely for taking a stand on a very important woman's issue. Mentioning the word "vagina" should not be construed as offensive by any means in today's society. Women have come a long way . . . Those who deem her comment(s) as offensive and/or objectionable, ought to reconsider the issue, as she is only taking a "bold" stand in favor of women's rights. I defend her action(s) 100% and agree with her philosophy. Times have changed, and those who deem her comment(s) as objectional, must understand that we are living in America. Freedoms exist, and I applaud her for taking such a bold stand.
laplateau June 21, 2012 at 06:55 PM
You still don't seem to get it. Probably because your liberality just gets in the way of your common sense. I guess she has the right to stand up on the floor of the house of represenatives and say "vagina" as many times as she likes and sound like the frustrated women she is...but what good is that if it has NOTHING to do with the issue at hand?? Her vagina has nothing to do with abortion. Who does she t hink is trying to legisslate anythin g abouyt her vagina. It has nothing to do with the debate at hand. She was just trying to be so very "progressive" by using that word. It only shows her limited ability to experss herself by using inappropriate verbiage and accusing someone (a man) of having undue intrest in her genitals. My god--what's wrong with you people? And..Ms Fucinari---it's SHOE, not show! I think you just might have an intense diislike about most anything.
ann galen June 21, 2012 at 07:36 PM
There is nothing wrong with the word vagina, I learned it in anatomy class. However, the comment sounded stupid, and she made the comment to get attention, not because the comment made any sense - which it didnt. As far as "a woman voluntarily giving up her own life in order to save the life of her own child", every mother I know would do so............without hesitation. We must travel in very different circles.
Cathy Fucinari June 21, 2012 at 08:59 PM
This response is for Ann Galen: You could say we travel in different circles. You don't even live in Michigan. You live in Florida.

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