Women Protest Indiana Abortion Law by Calling the Governor About Their Periods
There’s a new abortion law in Indiana that many women find so severe, they’re taking to protesting it by calling the governor’s office to talk about their periods and menstrual cycles.
According to IndyStar, the new law signed by Governor Mike Pence requires the remains of aborted fetuses to be either interred or cremated. So some women started the movement #PeriodsforPence to keep the governor aware of their cycles.
Why? Well, they explained on their Facebook page:
Fertilized eggs can be expelled during a woman’s period without a woman even knowing that she might have had the potential blastocyst in her. Therefore, any period could potentially be a miscarriage without knowledge. I would certainly hate for any of my fellow Hoosier women to be at risk of penalty if they do not “properly dispose” of this or report it. Just to cover our bases, perhaps we should make sure to contact Governor Pence’s office to report our periods. We wouldn’t want him thinking that THOUSANDS OF HOOSIER WOMEN A DAY are trying to hide anything, would we?
And boy did they deliver. In the past few days, lots of women have been posting on the group’s Facebook page about how they called Pence’s office (and the office of the bill’s sponsor, Casey Cox) with vaginal status updates. Here’s an example of one of the messages they sent:
Me: “Hello, this is Sue Magina again. I just hit a pothole on I-70. It was a doozy! I’m worried it might have shaken something around up in there, and I wanted to make sure that was addressed in this new abortion law. I knew Governor Pence would be worried. Thanks.”
And on top of that, #PeriodsforPence spread around Twitter too:
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) April 2, 2016
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) April 6, 2016
— Samantha Kyle (@SamanthaKyle) April 6, 2016
— Wendy (@Wendy61342557) April 3, 2016
— Jamie Frevele (@jamiefrevele) April 3, 2016
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