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Ban on ‘uterus’ in Florida House: UPDATE April 4, 2011

Filed under: free speech,language,reproductive rights — Jender @ 7:39 pm

UPDATE: It’s gone national!

It started this past week in the Florida House of Representatives when Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, suggested during a floor debate that his wife ought to incorporate her uterus.

If women’s wombs were businesses, Republicans would have no interest in regulating them, Randolph was saying.

Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, thought his colleague was making a serious point.

“They don’t want to regulate business, but they’ve come up with 18 abortion bills this session,” Pafford said.

The Republican House leadership responded by admonishing Randolph for his language and banning the word “uterus” from being spoken from the floor….

…Banning “uterus” might prove to be a tough task for state lawmakers who continue to dream up new ways to regulate it. They’ll probably have to authorize “baby garage” or some other acceptable substitute so they can continue to shrink government until it’s small enough to slip under the bedroom door.

No, it’s not April Fool’s Day. Here’s the link.

 

8 Responses to “Ban on ‘uterus’ in Florida House: UPDATE”

  1. james patino Says:

    wow. to take away the ‘Article of Attack!’ – because that was successful characterization.

  2. j Says:

    Oh for crying out loud! These people need to get a life! My god!

  3. Mike Says:

    Is there a link to the article? I’d like to share it, possibly ruining other peoples’ days…

  4. Sandra J Sweney Says:

    Way to go, Scott. Keep up the good work.
    Sandra Sweney

  5. Xena Says:

    ROFLMAO! Of course they’ve been rehashing the old abortion debates for however many months. Politicians aren’t allowed to bash gays anymore, and Spring Break would have made things too confusing for crackdowns on drugs and sex work. Wouldn’t want to be busting some Ivy League top donor’s pet nieces and nephews for stuff only poor skanky people are supposed to get busted for…

    Watching the anti-uterati trying to pay lip service to their own anti-abortion rhetoric without breaking their own banned word rule is going to be hysterical. U-Pac… :-D:-D:-D

  6. [...] Baarmoeder? Wat een goor woord! Niet geschikt voor gebruik. Daarom willen politici in de Amerikaanse staat Florida niet meer dat afgevaardigden het woord gebruiken in debatten. [...]

  7. profbigk Says:

    “Fallen on fertile ground,” hoot! Great article.

  8. Jenn Says:

    Gotta be honest. Baby Garage is my new favorite euphemism.


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