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Silenced Mich. lawmaker does 'Vagina Monologues'

June 19, 2012 • Entertainment


Rep. Barb Byrum, D-Onondaga, from left, Rep. Lisa Brown, D-West Bloomfield, playwright Eve Ensler and Sen. Rebecca Warren, D-Ann Arbor, pose for a group picture during an event including a performance of “The Vagina Monologues” by Brown and 10 other lawmakers on the Michigan Statehouse steps, Monday, June 18, 2012, in Lansing, Mich. Brown, who says she was barred from speaking in the Michigan House because Republicans objected to her saying “vagina” during debate over anti-abortion legislation, performed “The Vagina Monologues” with a hand from the author Eve Ensler. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Dale G. Young)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A state lawmaker who says she was barred from speaking in the Michigan House because Republicans objected to her saying “vagina” during debate over anti-abortion legislation performed “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, oversaw Monday night’s performance by Democratic state Rep. Lisa Brown, 10 other lawmakers and several actresses.

Capitol facilities director Steve Benkovsky estimated about 2,500 spectators — women and men — watched the play in downtown Lansing from lawn Login to read more

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