Many of my liberal friends are outraged that the Michigan legislature barred two state representatives from speaking on the floor for the day after they "failed to maintain the decorum" of the legislative body. They're pretending that one legislator was barred for using a word for the female anatomy.
State Reps. State Reps. Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum, both Democrats, were arguing against proposed legislation that would enact new restrictions on abortions in Michigan, including provisions for new insurance requirements for abortion providers.
Brown ended her floor speech by declaring: ""I'm flattered that you are all so interested in my vagina, but no means no."
The context is key. It's really just indecorous rhetoric in general. It's not the word she chose but the juvenile allegation against the motives of pro-life legislators.
A spokesman for the Republican majority said:
"House Republicans often go beyond simply allowing debate by welcoming open and passionate discussion of the issues before this chamber. The only way we can continue doing so, however, is to ensure that the proper level of maturity and civility are maintained on the House floor."
Mostly I'm just disappointed that these female legislators were so unoriginal. But what do you think? Should such language be grounds for losing speaking privileges for the day?
I wasn't a fan of punishing Rep. Joe Wilson for shouting out "You lie!" to President Obama during his State of the Union, but it seemed most Republicans and Democrats agreed that he was out of line.