Vagina, 1st Amendment Rights, and Religious Freedom

I’ve been trying to avoid politics.  It’s been making me sad and downright upset.  I don’t want to become apathetic, but at this point in the Presidential campaign as well as the place many political fights are at right now, I feel like people have made up their minds, and they are so extremely connected to their opinion, they have no desire to listen.

But more importantly, I’m sad that we are taking so many steps backwards where social rights are concerned.  I’m saddened that we have people who’s parents were immigrants, decrying immigrants to this country today.

But lately, I’m mostly saddened that we are still having conversations about a Woman’s Vagina.  There- I said it, the “V” word.

Which according to Rep. Mike Callton is horrible-

“‘What she said was offensive,” said Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville. ‘It was so offensive, I don’t even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that in mixed company.’ – The Detroit News

The comment she made, was so apparently offensive that she was banned the next day from speaking on the floor. What was this comment- so heinous that it should never be spoken in mixed company?   Did she perhaps use the “C” word?

Apparently, Rep. Brown, was speaking up about a bill in the Michigan House, that would seek to add additional restrictions to abortions within the state. Whether you disagree with abortion or not I find it hard to believe that any person could find her statement as offensive as Rep. Callton would make it sound.

Here are her comments, spoken from the heart about her own religious beliefs and the state’s place in legislating her reproductive organs.

“I have not asked you to adopt and adhere to my religious beliefs. Why are you asking me to adopt yours?” she said. But what came next is what got her in trouble: “And finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no.'”– NPR 

She goes on to further respond to her ban from speaking in the House the following day stating this:

“If I can’t say the word vagina, why are we legislating vaginas?” Brown asked Thursday at a hastily called Capitol press conference. “What language should I use?”-The Detroit News

And that really gets to the heart of the matter, and what is frustrating me the most. You have a woman, asking not only that her religious view as a Kosher Jewish Woman (who holds kosher in her house) who believes per Jewish Law, that the safety of the mother is the most important factor, but also that she be able to speak about the anatomically correct term for her reproductive organs. It’s not enough that men in power feel the need to regulate a woman’s body- stopping her from receiving prenatal and preventative care from Planned Parenthood, receiving birth control or access to information regarding safe sex, but we have to go so far as to say a woman can’t say Vagina in public?

Rep. Callton can talk about a bill that has everything to do with that part of a woman, but feels it’s a breach in decorum for a woman to say what that part is.  What century are we in?  Did I miss some nostalgic call for the late 1880’s where we protected women from knowing about their own bodies, lest they become hysterical(an interesting word if you are ever interested in researching)?

If women choose to not allow abortions, that one thing, but until men decide that they can handle the heat and conversation of a woman looking to protect her Vagina, maybe they should stop trying to legislate it.

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