Florida Lawmakers Exchange Insults in 'Uterus' Flap

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Florida's Republican House speaker and
a Democratic lawmaker have exchanged insults in a dispute over the
use of the word "uterus" in floor debate.

Speaker Dean Cannon on Wednesday said the controversy was "silly" and denied that he had banned members from uttering the word.

The Winter Park Republican said he was reprimanding Rep. Scott
Randolph for veering off policy matters when the Orlando Democrat
suggested his wife would need to "incorporate her uterus" to protect herself from GOP anti-abortion proposals.

Cannon, though, called Randolph one of the chamber's least
effective Democrats due to his use of provocative language.

Randolph shot back in a news release calling Cannon the "most
effective legislator when it comes to waging war on middle class

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Joey Location: Tallahassee on Apr 7, 2011 at 08:14 AM
    I believe it is a womans choice to abort or not, but the father would need to know, unless it's a rape. I how ever, do not think that tax payers should pay for an abortion.
  • by Voice of Reason Location: Florida on Apr 7, 2011 at 08:00 AM
    @Beth When there's a third party involved (i.e., an unborn child), it's no longer just your life and your decisions. @Pete Representative Randolph's claim that his wife would have to "incorporate her uterus" is hyperbole and not conducive to a civil debate/discussion of legislation. I would say that was Speaker Cannon's point--not that the word "uterus" was an issue in and of itself.
  • by Pete Zahut on Apr 7, 2011 at 06:24 AM
    "provocative language"??? Here we have a criminal blabbering about something he can't grasp - the word "uterus" can not in any sense be considered "provocative". What's next? "arm", "leg" or - heaven forbid - "anus"???? Grow up, you moronic hypocritical philistine!! You have NO BUSINESS telling a woman what she can do about her health and body.
  • by Beth on Apr 7, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    My body my life my decisons....take your big government ideas out of a womens body....
  • by Bhahaha Location: Local on Apr 6, 2011 at 07:27 PM
    I see they still don't have anything better to do. God Help Us All... Cmon now.
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