Michigan State Representatives Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) and Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) were banned from speaking on the House floor yesterday by Majority Floor Leader, Jim Stamas (R- Midland), after only Brown was permitted to speak to the Michigan House Of Representatives against a bill that puts new restrictions on abortion providers. Byrum wanted to speak but was not given the opportunity.
Here’s the video:
Brown posted on her Facebook page and tweeted this morning “House Republicans continue to silence the voice of women. I have been banned from speaking on the House floor as punishment for my comments yesterday…”
Byrum tweeted: “I have been banned from speaking on the House floor, I can only assume it’s because I did this yesterday.” She includes a link to the Youtube video.
On the issue of late term abortions, Brown argues that her faith has a different set of rules than Christianity.
“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. The status of the fetus of human life does not equal that of the mother.
I have not asked you to adopt and adhere to my religious beliefs. Why are you asking me to adopt yours?
And finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but no means no.”
Brown and Byrun just issued this press release that reads in part:
“Both Representative Byrum and I were gaveled down without cause yesterday while voicing our opposition to the Republican’s war on women here in Michigan, “said Rep. Brown. “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. I was either banned for being Jewish and rightfully pointing out that House Bill 5711 was forcing contradictory religious beliefs upon me and any other religion. Or it is because I said the word ‘vagina’ which is an anatomically, medically correct term. If they are going to legislate my anatomy, I see no reason why I cannot mention it.”
What is happening to women in this country is an outrage. Republicans simply do not care about the law, the truth or anything that may impede their chances of turning America into a fascist nation where women become second-class citizens. They are steamrolling over our rights. Women are angry. We’re not going to lie down and accept this abuse!
Kimberley A. Johnson is an author and The Spokeswoman for Rock The Slut Vote, an organization standing up and fighting the war on women. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and “like” the Rock The Slut Vote Facebook page