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Thousands meet at Capitol to support lawmaker who said 'vagina'

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Woman in support of Rep. Lisa Brown (Source: Andrew Keller) Woman in support of Rep. Lisa Brown (Source: Andrew Keller)
LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

Thousands met on Michigan's Capitol lawn Monday night to rally for female rights and their opposition to anti-abortion laws.

This comes the week after Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown, D-West Bloomfield, claims she was banned from speaking on the floor last Thursday, the day after she used the word "vagina" during House legislative discussion on new abortion legislation. 

Brown told Republicans she was flattered they were "all so concerned about my vagina. But no means no."

"You get mad at her saying vagina when you're trying to regulate ours?  I mean, do they not make that connection or what?" asked Susie Simons, who was at the rally in support of Brown.

Eve Ensler, the writer of Vagina Monologues, made a special trip to Michigan to support Brown and the thousands on the Capitol lawn. Vagina Monologues are short stories that have the theme of female empowerment, and Ensler put on a special production of the monologues Monday night, using state representatives as special actresses. 

Ensler says the actions taken by the Republicans who control the state House are comparable to "the Dark Ages." Michigan State Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes, D-Saginaw, played her part.

"If she can't say vagina on the House floor, then why are we legislating vagina?" Erwin Oakes asked.

Republicans who control the chamber said Brown violated decorum Wednesday while speaking against a bill requiring doctors to ensure women aren't coerced into ending their pregnancies. They say Brown compared the legislation to rape, which she denies.

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