By Bronte Price, PoliticKING
Women in Indiana have come up with a new and creative way to fight back against what they think is unfair legislation on abortion. Over the last week, Indiana Governor Mike Pence's office has been inundated with calls, emails and Facebook posts from women describing and asking questions about their periods. The group called Periods for Pence is protesting a recently introduced anti-abortion bill.
Contact @GovPenceIN to report your periods in response to HEA1337! Because it IS his business, now!
— PeriodsforPence (@periodsforpence) March 30, 2016
The bill they are protesting, which is now law, limits abortions based on fetus characteristics including fetal abnormalities, gender, race or ancestry. The most bizarre part of the bill is that it requires that fetal remains be buried or cremated.
The law also requires women to listen to a fetal heartbeat and view an ultrasound 18 hours before getting an abortion. Since only four out of Indiana’s 92 counties have abortion clinics, this will likely impose a significant travel burden on many women. Periods for Peace is encouraging people to communicate their frustrations with the bill by updating the governor's office on the status of their periods as often as possible.
— Leigh (@AttyWoods) April 3, 2016
"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," wrote the site's author.
Men have also joined in, contacting the office on behalf of their partners or girlfriends.
One man wrote on Facebook, "Because my sperm is one half of the process of making the baby, what is the best manner for me to communicate to Pence the condition of my sperm?"
— Brittany Ann (@boiler_britt) April 3, 2016
The founder of the group told the BBC, "I think a lot of people get the idea that we're a pro-abortion page. We're not, we're pro women and we have to understand every woman is independent. We shouldn't be lumped into two groups of women who would or wouldn't get an abortion. It's not an experience most would go into lightly and we have to respect that."
Here’s what Jesse Ventura has to say about abortion rights:
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