Lansing, MI (written by Elisha Anderson/Detroit Free Press) -- More than 2,800 people say they plan to attend a protest at the state Capitol Monday night after a female lawmaker was banned from the House chamber for a day during an emotional abortion rights debate.
The controversy over the silencing of Rep. Lisa Brown, D-West Bloomfield, during her speech in which she used the word "vagina," played out in news headlines, Internet discussions and on Twitter.
• Facebook event: Vaginas take back the capitol
"I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but no means no," Brown said in her address last week. Her disapproval of a bill was echoed by some other lawmakers, including Barb Byrum, D-Onondaga.
Brown and Byrum were silenced Thursday when Brown tried to speak on an unrelated bill and Byrum wanted to introduce a group of visitors from her district.
One man posted on Facebook a picture of cupcakes decorated like vaginas he said he plans to bring, while a woman suggested showing up wearing tampon jewelry to the play, "The Vagina Monologues," which will be performed on the steps of the Capitol.
"Bring signs, bring your vagina, bring your outrage, bring your humor," said the play's author, Eve Ensler, who plans to fly from California to perform.
"Bring your belief that women can have a right to their bodies, have a right to their voices, have a right to determine what happens to their bodies -- whether they want children or don't want children," she said.
Brown said she has heard from people in nearly every state and even internationally since she was banned from speaking in the House chamber for a day after the debate Wednesday.
She will join at least eight other Michigan legislators, local actresses and Ensler in the play. They will read a series of monologues that deal with the vagina and of love, birth, orgasm and rape.
A spokesman for House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, said Brown's one-day censure was a judgment call made by House Speaker Pro Tem John Walsh and Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas.
He said it had nothing to do with the word "vagina" and everything to do with the phrase "no means no."
"The leadership took that to mean that she was comparing support of the legislation to raping women and that is where they thought it crossed the line and that something should be done," Ari Adler said.
Brown said she doesn't buy the explanation.
She added that she wasn't talking about rape, but was speaking about several things, including people who opposed the legislation that mandates new regulations and insurance requirements for abortion providers, makes it a crime to coerce a woman into having an abortion, and regulates the disposal of fetal remains.
The bill passed the House but will not be taken up in the state Senate until at least September.
"I was under the impression 'no means no' simply means my body is my own and I choose what to do with it," said Carla Milarch, 42, who is an organizer of tonight's event. "We are of the belief that when you silence somebody who's speaking for you, you're basically silencing all of us."
Some Republican lawmakers have said they believe the ban was appropriate; others said the attention has overshadowed other work being done.