Two legislators were banned from speaking in the Michigan House of Representatives following their comments on a bill regarding added restrictions to abortion providers.
The bill was passed in the House by a 70-39 vote. It is now the most-restrictive anti-abortion bill in the U.S.
Democratic State Representative Lisa Brown, of West Bloomfield was banned by Republican Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas of Midland from speaking for an indefinite period. She told the bill’s supporters, “I’m flattered you’re all so concerned about my vagina. But no means no,” according to the Detroit Free Press.
Brown said in a press conference, according to MLive.com, “I was either banned for being Jewish or because I used the word ‘vagina,’ which is an anatomically, medically correct term.”
She said according to her faith, a woman’s life is foremost when a pregnant woman’s health and life are at stake. “As a Jew, I understand that many people hold different opinions and I respect that. All I did was urge my fellow lawmakers to extend to me that same consideration,” she said.