MI GOP: ‘Vagina’ Offensive To Say, Necessary To Regulate

Republicans in Michigan want women to understand one thing, when it comes to their reproductive health, they can neither control it nor even talk about it.

On Thursday state Rep. Lisa Brown tried to speak out in opposition to the massive anti-abortion omnibus bill being jammed through the legislature, saying the measures violated her Jewish religious beliefs that a pregnancy be aborted to save the life of the mother. Brown closed her comments by stating “Finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no.”

The comment prompted a rebuke and one of the creepiest responses to a legislative dispute yet. “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.”

If a lawmaker cannot say the word “vagina” in front of a woman, even if that is a woman in the company of men (a concept so archaic that it should really end all serious debate) then he relinquishes any conceivable right to propose, debate, or vote on bills that involve vaginas.

Maybe we should take it one step further. Maybe it’s time to take a page out of the anti-choice playbook and start adding “pro-vagina rider” amendments to all legislation. Transportation bill up for review? Add some vagina language. If Republicans are going to attack women’s reproductive health at every legislative turn and then try to both cut off debate and assign shame to the medical terminology associated with it, then let’s make them say so. Again and again and again.

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Photo from carolyntiry via flickr.


Jane Mckenzie
Jane Mckenzie6 years ago

I feel like saying vagina vagina vagina and so on.
This is appalling that legislators are treating this word as something shameful.

Cassandra S.
Cassandra S6 years ago

And the American Taliban keeps growing.

Diane V.
Diane V6 years ago

If one cannot call a vagina by its proper anatomical name, then what may one call it? This is totally ridiculous! What is the matter with these people?

Christopher M.
Christopher M.6 years ago

Vagina is a dictionary word. Not like a four letter word I could name.

Frances C.
Frances C6 years ago

I am sending 'jimstamas@house.mi.gov' a letter stating my opinion of his radical medieval idiotic ramblings on a women's vagina er (privacy parts, giggle, giggle.)

ROLF P6 years ago

How did this moron get into office? Don't think all Republican women support this kind of nonsense.

ryan b.
Ryan B6 years ago

Sound like this guy needs a little vagina.....if you know what I mean?

ryan b.
Ryan B6 years ago

Honestly I would bet that most of the gop couldn't give a crap about any womans rights. They are only interested in the rights now because their constituents want them to be because they are bible thumpers. If it doesn't bring money into the gop pot/pockets they don't care about it. Therefor, the only reason they say they care about women is because they need votes.

Dan B.
Dan Brook6 years ago

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, untrustworthy, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-health, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-birth control, anti-education, anti-99%, union busting, Medicare mashing and Social Security slashing, fiscally irresponsible, misleading, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, dishonest, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

Geraldine Ley
Geraldine Ley6 years ago

They are obviously very stupid and need a kick up the arse or 'back bottom' in their infantile language.