Breitbart A state lawmaker who says she was barred from speaking in the Michigan House because Republicans objected to her saying "vagina" during debate on anti-abortion legislation is set to perform "The Vagina Monologues" on the Statehouse steps _ with a hand from the author.
Eve Ensler, whose groundbreaking play about women's sexuality still packs theaters 16 years after it debuted, is overseeing Monday night's performance on the Statehouse steps by Democratic state Rep. Lisa Brown, 10 other lawmaker and several actresses. The show was expected to draw quite a crowd, as more than 3,700 people had indicated they planned to attend on the Facebook event page, "Vaginas Take Back the Capitol!"
Ensler, who took time away from a production she's overseeing in California so she could help put on Monday's performance, said she's thrilled to be involved. She likened the punishment meted out by the Republicans who control the Michigan House to "the Dark Ages."
"If we ever knew deep in our hearts that the issue about abortion ... was not really about fetuses and babies, but really men's terror of women's sexuality and power, I think it's fully evidenced here," Ensler told The Associated Press by phone Monday.
"We're talking about the silencing of women, we're talking about censoring people for saying a body part," she said. "Half of these people who are trying to regulate vaginas, they can't even say the word."
Brown made her comments during debate last week on a series of bills that supporters say would make abortions safer but that opponents say would dramatically reduce women's ability to get abortions. While speaking against a bill requiring doctors to ensure women aren't coerced into ending their pregnancies, Brown told Republicans, "I'm flattered you're all so concerned about my vagina. But no means no