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“Uterus” is not a dirty word

Florida Republicans think the word "uterus" is unfit to be spoken on the House floor:

During last week's discussion about a bill that would prohibit governments from deducting union dues from a worker's paycheck, state Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, used his time during floor debate to argue that Republicans are against regulations — except when it comes to the little guys, or serves their specific interests.

At one point Randolph suggested that his wife "incorporate her uterus" to stop Republicans from pushing measures that would restrict abortions. Republicans, after all, wouldn't want to further regulate a Florida business.

Apparently the GOP leadership of the House didn't like the one-liner.

They told Democrats that Randolph is not to discuss body parts on the House floor.

Democrat chastized for saying 'uterus' on the House floor

The Republicans' stated reason for scolding Randolph is that they are concerned about the delicate young ears of the pages and messengers. If kids old enough to be pages and messengers (ages 12-18) can't handle hearing the word "uterus", there is something seriously wrong with education in that state. And if elected officials can't handle hearing it — if the very word is taboo — how are they supposed to have any kind of serious, adult conversation about women's health?