TAMPA, Florida, August 28, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Attendees at the Republican party’s convention in Tampa were given an eyeful this week when they were greeted by feminist protesters dressed up as giant vaginas.
A contingent of women with the anti-war group Code Pink donned pink homemade vagina costumes and perched outside the Republican National Convention Tuesday to express their indignation at the GOP’s support for pro-life legislation.
The party recently unveiled its latest platform, which supports a human life amendment and asserts “that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”
The vagina-clad demonstrators protested the platform, saying women’s private parts should be both “respected and protected,” and uncensored.
“As a young woman, I am appalled at the right-wing attacks on my body and the censorship on body parts that should be respected and protected,” said 29-year-old Rae Abileah, co-director of Code Pink. “If they can’t say the word ‘vagina’ then they shouldn’t legislate it.”
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The female sex organ became a popular meme for the pro-abortion lobby this summer after Michigan state Rep. Lisa Brown criticized a pro-life bill by saying, “I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but no means no.” When House leaders censured Brown for comparing the bill to rape, supporters claimed the retaliation was due to her use of the word “vagina,” and responded with a public reading of the lewd lesbian play “The Vagina Monologues” on the steps of the State Capitol.
The episode also gave birth to the slogan: “Vagina. Can’t say it? Don’t legislate it.”
The group on its website advertised a “Public Speak Out on Women’s Issues” Tuesday night, featuring visuals of “Dancing giant vagina puppets, Banners, Performances, [and] Drag Show.”
Code Pink has collaborated with Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler to “demand an end to the GOP war on women.” Ensler’s play, a paean to the female sex experience, includes the grateful testimony of a 13-year-old girl plied with alcohol and raped by an older woman. “If it was rape, it was a good rape,” says the girl, whose age was changed to 16 in later versions, in the original Monologues.
The group, which notes it “created a splash” at RNC events of past election years with demonstrations opposing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said the gaggle of vaginas would show up this year “demanding respect, economic fairness and peace.”
A separate Code Pink group protesting former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts complied with Tampa police when they were told to leave the private property.