Mich. lawmaker on silencing female colleague: It’s like giving a kid a timeout
Michigan state Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) recently compared prohibiting two Democratic women legislators from speaking to punishing a child.
“It’s like giving a kid a timeout for a day,” he told Lansing radio host Patrick Shiels. “You know, hey, timeout, you wanna comment too far, you spoke your piece. We’re gonna let these other people have their dissenting comments, and then we’ll get back to business.”
The group Progress Michigan on Wednesday slammed Schmidt for the remark, saying it “only draws more attention to the inherent disrespect women serving in the legislature are unnecessarily encountering.”
Democratic Michigan state Rep. Lisa Brown was silenced by her Republican colleagues after criticizing bills that would severely limit a woman’s ability to terminate her pregnancy. The legislation, contained in three separate bills, would limit abortions by restricting procedures past 20 weeks of pregnancy, imposing new insurance and licensing requirements on clinics, limiting access to abortion drugs and placing new requirements on the tissue disposal process.
“I have not asked you to adopt and adhere to my religious beliefs,” Brown said. “Why are you asking me to adopt yours? And finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but no means no.”
But Schmidt denied Brown was banned from speaking because of her use of the word “vagina.” Schmidt said it was the “no means no” comment that “went a step too far.”
Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by Progress Michigan, below:
[H/T: HuffPost Politics]