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Michigan Lawmaker to Help Perform 'Vagina Monologues' After Anti-Abortion Bill Debate Flap on House Floor

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Rep. Lisa Brown talks with staffer Katie Carey, left, after telling reporters that she was banned from speaking because of comments she made on the floor Wednesday about her vagina.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker barred from speaking in the state House after she used the word "vagina" during a debate on an anti-abortion bill will participate in a performance of the Tony Award-winning play, "The Vagina Monologues," on the state Capitol steps.

Michigan Democratic Party fundraiser Laura Hornshaw said Saturday in an email that Monday evening's performance was planned in response to Rep. Lisa Brown not being allowed to speak on the House floor Thursday.

Republicans who control the chamber said the West Bloomfield Democrat violated decorum Wednesday while speaking against a bill requiring doctors to ensure women aren't coerced into ending their pregnancies.

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

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