Michigan House Spokesman Claims Two Female Lawmakers Threw Temper Tantrums During Abortion Debate
Video of two female lawmakers fighting for a woman’s right to choose in Michigan went viral on Thursday. During House debate on the anti-abortion bill, Democratic Reps Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum introduced an amendment that would have restricted access to vasectomies. Rep. Lisa Brown even used the word ‘vagina’ in her defense of abortion rights. But Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger (R) didn’t like hearing the word even though it’s the correct term to use, so he banned both women from speaking on the House floor, an action that has caused national outrage.
But that’s not the end of the story. On Friday, the spokesman for the House Speaker wrote a letter to the press in an attempt to whitewash the whole ordeal. But in that attempt, the spokesman portrays the two women as nothing but a pair of children throwing a fit on the House floor, even though video clearly proves that the two women were just doing their jobs and speaking for their constituents just as their male counterparts do. But according to the spokesman, the two women threw a “temper tantrum.”
￼￼￼”Just to be clear, despite the misinformation being spread by Reps. Brown and Byrum, and Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, there are two representatives not being recognized on the House floor today because of their actions yesterday,” the letter reads. “It has nothing to do with their gender, their religion or the topic they were discussing. All day today, we have had representatives of both parties, both genders and several different religions passionately debating important issues that will significantly impact the future of Michigan. I would urge you not to become too distracted by temper tantrums designed to score political points.”
Unfortunately for the Michigan GOP, the videotape tells a different story. The women, in fact, did not throw temper tantrums at all. As can be plainly witnessed by watching the video, both women gave passionate floor speeches in defense of women and the right to choose. But Michigan Republicans want everyone to think that these women were hysterical children who had to be controlled and punished. The actions of the GOP, from banning these women, to issuing this letter, indicate that Republican males are the ones throwing temper tantrums. They are whining about women defending their reproductive rights and organs from being legislated by a group of men. These women had the guts to fight back against the rampant sexism and chauvinism raging like a wildfire throughout the Republican Party. If two Republican men had stood up and said the word ‘vagina,’ you can bet they wouldn’t have been banned from speaking. But because two women dared utter the correct term for a woman’s reproductive organ, they were ruthlessly silenced by men. It adds yet another chapter to the Republican war on women.