Controversy over "vagina"?

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The Capitol in Lansing.

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM)- Thousands of protestors are spending the evening at the state capitol, after a lawmaker debating a proposed abortion bill, was silenced.

The protest follows last weeks censure of a Detroit-area Democrat after she used the word vagina on the house floor.

It was part of the debate over a bill requiring doctors ensure women aren't coerced into ending their pregnancies.

Representative Lisa Brown used the word vagina, when arguing a point about women's rights and abortion."And finally Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina. But, no means, no."

The next day, brown was banned from speaking in the Republican led House. In an e-mail sent to WZZM 13 News, the Speaker of the House, Jase Bolger said that Brown was not recognized to speak on Thursday because, "She said something Wednesday that members of the House Republican leadership, both male and female, believed was equating support of house bill 5711 to the rape of women."

Political Analyst Bill Ballenger says, "Now, is that correct? Did they make the right call? No. Not in my estimation. They went way too far. I don't think you make judgments about political speech on the floor by a legislator."

Either way, the word vagina has taken-on a life of its own. A Facebook page was created to promote the "Vagina Monologues." It's being performed on the steps of the capitol. Several You Tube video's have been made in response to the controversy.

The Michigan Legislature is now in recess for the summer. The bill passed the House and moves on to the Senate.  

By Sarah Sell

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