From The Palm Beach Post:
Have you heard about the uterus rebellion?
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.
The Republican House leadership responded by admonishing Randolph for his language and banning the word “uterus” from being spoken from the floor.
I recommend, in an abundance of caution, that all state representatives should refrain from driving Volvos until this can be sorted out.
Banning “uterus” might prove to be a tough task for state lawmakers who continue to dream up new ways to regulate it.
Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union has already weighed in, giving Randolph its “Defender of Freedom” award for using his wife’s uterus in a sentence. The group also admonished Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park.
“When the speaker applies direct pressure on the content of what elected representatives can say in debate on the House floor, it freezes free speech and handcuffs democracy,” said Danielle Prendergast, the ACLU’s Florida director of public policy.
[Mark] Pafford [D-West Palm Beach] said state Democrats are so outnumbered in the 120-member House that they barely have a voice as it is.
“We’re down to only 39 members,” he said. “The other day one of us was criticized for using Gov. Scott, his wife and Solantic in the same sentence. Now we can’t say ‘uterus’?”
As news of the word ban spread, a social-media-driven rebellion began.
A uterus Facebook page was created, and it didn’t take long for Randolph’s wife, Susannah Lindberg Randolph, to chime in.
“We should start a powerful, secret society known from this day forth as: The Uterati,” she wrote.
She followed it up with another post about her uterus forming a political action committee and leadership fund called “U-Pac.”
“Who’s in?” she wrote. “It’s time to bring power back to the uterus.