Audio: Florida Democrat chastised for saying "uterus" on House floor listen04/01/11 Kate Bradshaw
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Whether it’s busting unions, requiring ultrasounds for women seeking abortions, or drug-testing welfare recipients, these days, GOP lawmakers in Tallahassee have been offending a lot of people. But last week, it was a Democrat in the state house who made waves. After a lengthy debate over a bill affecting public employee unions, House Speaker Dean Cannon raised a stink over an anatomic reference that Orlando Representative Scott Randolph had made.
Cannon issued a statement warning his colleagues to watch their language out of consideration for children and the young legislative aides often present during debate. The “uterus” flap has since gained national attention, with publications like Mother Jones and Time Magazines picking up on it. As of airtime, the Uterus Facebook page has gained nearly a thousand fans since yesterday when the St. Petersburg Times reported on Cannon’s complaint.
"Members, it's easy to practice an ideology of convenience. If my wife incorporated her uterus, you all would say 'hands off'. If my friends incorporated their bedroom, you'd say 'hands off'. But now we're standing here and we're saying 'we're going to increase regulation on one specific type of membership organization,' and that's unions."