by Ben Johnson
LANSING , MICHIGAN, June 19, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two pro-abortion Michigan state legislators protested being banned from the House floor by staging a reading of “The Vagina Monologues,” an obscene play that in one section celebrates the molestation of a minor girl by an adult lesbian.
During debate on the state’s wide-ranging pro-life bill last Thursday, Democratic State Representative Lisa Brown of West Bloomfield, said, “I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but no means no.” She and another female Democrat were censured – a move they protested by holding a reading of the play yesterday.
Playwright Eve Ensler flew in from California to take part. She told the crowd the debate about abortion is “not really about fetuses and babies, but really men’s terror of women’s sexuality and power.” She accused Republicans of trying to return the state to the “Dark Ages.”
The ACLU took part in the festive feminist atmosphere, handing out signs reading, “Vagina. Can’t say it? Don’t legislate it.”
State Representative Jim Stamas said, however, it was not Brown’s use of the word “vagina” but her likening the bill to rape that violated House decorum.
State legislators are presently debating a bill that would make it a crime to coerce a woman into having an abortion. It would also raise the health and safety standards in abortion clinics.
Ensler’s controversial handiwork, “The Vagina Monologues,” includes repeated vulgar slang for the vagina. One of its stories, entitled “The Little Coochi Snorcher That Could,” tells the story of a 24-year-old lesbian who got a 13-year-old drunk before molesting her. Subsequent scripts raised the victim’s age to 16. Ensler has the child remember the episode with gratitude.
A chapter in an anniversary edition entitled “I Asked a Six-Year-Old Girl,” lists a series of questions the author asked a young child about her reproductive organs including “If your vagina got dressed, what would it wear?” and “What does your vagina smell like?”
Right to Life of Michigan’s Ed Rivet said the play reading distracted Michigan voters from the important changes the state abortion bill would make to benefit the state’s women. “We’re talking about unlicensed clinics, dumping dead babies in Dumpsters and Internet abortions,” Rivet said.