Florida State Rep. Scott Randolph (D-Orlando) is frustrated with the 18 bills regulating abortion being considered by the Florida State Legislature. He feels that the legislative priorities are misplaced when Florida’s economy, like much of the nation’s, is in disarray. During a debate on a bill that would prohibit union dues being deducted from workers’ paychecks, Randolph (quoting his wife) suggested that she should “incorporate her uterus” so that Republicans would leave it alone.
That raised the ire of the Republican House Speaker, Dean Cannon. According to his spokeswoman, Kate Betta, the word “uterus” is no longer to be uttered (utered?) in the Florida Legislature:
The Speaker has been clear about his expectations for conduct on the House for during debate. At one point during the debate, he mentioned to the entire House that members of both parties needed to be mindful of decorum during debate. Additionally, the Speaker believes it is important for all Members to be mindful of and respectful to visitors and guests, particularly the young pages and messengers who are seated in the chamber during debates. In the past, if the debate is going to contain language that would be considered inappropriate for children and other guests, the Speaker will make an announcement in advance, asking children and others who may be uncomfortable with the subject matter to leave the floor and gallery.
It’s not about demagoguery, by golly! Do it for the little children whose eardrums would be seared by hearing the word “uterus” spoken aloud!
Is visceral speech Constitutionally protected speech?
Note: if you have a uterus and wish to incorporate it, the Florida ACLU has set up a site—http://incorporatemyuterus.com/, naturally—where you may do so. Extralegally, of course.
(Editor’s note: Monotreme has been reprimanded by 538 Refugees management for his unusually egregious utterance of the word ‘uterus’ in this post. We sent him a coupon for 55¢ off of his next purchase of a Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowl. We apologize if anyone was enlightened)
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- Scott Randolph, Florida Lawmaker, Reprimanded For Using The Word ‘Uterus’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Uterus is a word not fit for children’s ears, according to some (amanwithaphd.wordpress.com)