State House Rep. Lisa Brown said she was not told why she was prohibited from speaking on the floor Thursday about an education bill, but she's getting all the time she needs to speak now.
Brown (D-West Bloomfield), a Jewish mother of three, was barred from speaking after she claimed House Bill 5711 forces contradictory religious beliefs upon her and others, referencing her own vagina at the end of her speech.
The remark went viral Thursday night amid concerns that the House GOP majority went too far in banning Brown for using what she referred to as the "medically correct term."
London-based morning newspaper The Independent points out that the remark spawned a Twitter trending topic: #Vaginamovielines, in which key phrases from famous quotes in films are replaced with "vagina."
"The quote doesn't seem wildly out of line. It's reasoning we've come to expect from pro-choice lawmakers and advocates, but in Michigan it shocks and offends," writes Connor Simpson of The Atlantic.
The Detroit News reported that Brown's comments, with the use of the word "vagina", violated decorum of the House, according to spokesperson for the Republican majority.
House GOP spokesperson Ari Adler tweeted, "2 Reps. aren't being recognized to speak today because of their actions. Has nothing to w/gender, religion or topic."
Brown is expected to interview on WDIV-TV Detroit on Friday morning.