Protest the Silencing of Pro-Choice State Representative in Michigan

Target: James “Jase” Bolger, Speaker of the House

Goal: Protest the outrageous silencing of a state representative who spoke out against anti-choice legislature.

It has apparently become a trend to silence state representatives when the House Speaker does not agree with what they have to say. While on the subject of abortion, Michigan’s Speaker of the House James “Jase” Bolger (R-Marshall) banned two Democratic representatives from speaking after Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) made a valiant effort to defend her body and the bodies of women everywhere. “I have not asked you to adopt and adhere to my religious beliefs,” Brown stated, referring to her Jewish faith that allows for a woman to have an abortion if it is required to save her life. “Why are you asking me to adopt yours?” Her next words sparked incomprehensible outrage: “And finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no.’”

Brown was then barred from speaking on the grounds that her comment had been unprofessional. The ban carried through to the next day, when Brown tried to comment on a bill that would change retirement benefits for teachers. The state representative was told she would not be permitted to speak because she had “failed to maintain the decorum of the House of Representatives.” The unprofessionalism, however, lies with the men who continue to insist on meddling with the private affairs of women and their uteruses. As Brown said in an interview, “If you’re regulating vaginas, I don’t know how we’re supposed to not talk about them.”

Fellow representative Barb Byrum of Onondaga was also barred from speaking about her proposed bill, an amendment that would have forced any man seeking a vasectomy to provide proof that it was medically necessary before the doctor could preform the surgery. Sign the petition now to protest this ridiculous behavior and show your support for the brave women who were treated in an unacceptable manner.


Dear James Bolger,

I am outraged by your decision to silence a representative who tried to speak on the House Floor in Michigan. You refused to let state representative Lisa Brown speak the following day due to the fact that she stated, “I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no.’”

I would like to inform you that the use of the word “vagina” was not unprofessional in any way, shape or form. If there is anything that is unprofessional, it is your insistence on regulating what happens in a woman’s uterus. As put by Lisa Brown herself, “If you’re regulating vaginas, I don’t know how we’re supposed to not talk about them.”

The decision to carry a fetus full-term lies with each individual woman, not you. You do not have the right to determine what is best for women and their uteruses and neither does anyone else. Lisa Brown is not the one who was out of line, and I am stunned that you would go so far as to ban this representative from defending her body and the bodies of women everywhere.

‘No’ does mean ‘no’, and I urge you to take note of that fact.


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