I dared to say the V-word

June 19, 2012
By Linsey Pecikonis | 0 comments

This is a Message from Lisa Brown, A Michigan State Representative. Last week, I took the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives to speak out against a package of bills that would severely restrict a woman's right to choose. The next day I was informed that I was banned from speaking on the floor, alongside Rep. Barb Byrum. By banning the two of us, House Speaker Jase Bolger silenced not just Barb and myself, but he silenced 180,000 constituents who we represent across the state. Speaker Bolger wants us to go back to the days when women were shushed and told our opinions don't matter, but we refuse. Stand with me, Rep. Barb Byrum, the women of Michigan and DFA Members across the country to tell the House Republican leadership we will not be censored. This is not the first time we've seen controversy from Republican leadership while addressing women's bodies. Last year, Florida Representative Scott Randolph said his wife should "incorporate her uterus" to keep Republicans from trying to control it. He was reprimanded by house leadership for his lack of decorum -- but he wasn't banned from speaking. You can bet that if I were male, my use of the word "vagina" wouldn't have resulted in being banned from speaking. We cannot sit quietly by. Join me in demanding that Speaker Bolger apologize for denying us our voice and disenfranchising 180,000 voters.Add your name now. When the Michigan House returns for a single day in July, I will deliver your message -- along with that of tens of thousands of people across the country -- that we will not be silenced. Sign the petition today to show you have our backs. This is about more than choice --this is about women's fundamental rights and the belief that women should be treated as equal participants in our democracy. Thank you for standing with me. - Lisa Representative Lisa Brown Democrat, West Bloomfield, MI

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