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"Periods for Pence": Women flood Indiana's Republican governor with calls about their periods after he signs another restrictive anti-abortion law

"I just wanted to inform the Governor that things seem to be drying up today. No babies seem to be up in there"


Sophia Tesfaye
April 1, 2016 6:46PM (UTC)

Who says trolling can't be effective?

Women in Indiana are drawing attention to their Republican Governor Mike Pence's latest performance of right-wing extremism by trolling him, personally, the old-fashioned way.

The controversial conservative governor recently signed into law further restrictions on abortion access based on fetal abnormalities, gender or race, national origin, ancestry and color. Indiana is only the second state to place such restrictions on women seeking abortions. And perhaps even more restrictive, the bill requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within their county before they are allowed to perform the procedure.

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While Pence claims he is merely looking out for fetuses afflicted with Down Syndrome, according to Indiana Public Broadcasting, even some of Pence's fellow Republican lawmakers in Indiana opposed the bill:

Republicans who have authored anti-abortion legislation in the past, argued vehemently against it. They said the measure, which bans abortions performed because of a fetus's characteristics, demeans women and lacks compassion.

One lawmaker said it signals a return to the time of backroom abortions. Doctors urged the governor to veto the bill, warning that patients could feel pressure to lie to their doctors.

Perhaps taking a page out of the wildly successful #BoycottIndiana social-media-driven campaign against Pence's disastrous signing of an LGBT discrimination bill disguised as a so-called "religious freedom" bill in 2015, a Facebook page called "Periods for Pence" quickly popped up after Pence signed the new abortion restrictions, urging women to give Pence a call and give him an update on an area he is so clearly concerned about:

Good Morning! It's me, the voice of your loins, reminding you to contact Governor Pence and let him know what's cooking--or not--down there. 317-232-4567

Posted by Periods for Pence on Thursday, March 31, 2016

"I wanted to give a voice for women who really didn’t feel like they were given any kind of input into a bill that would affect our life so much," the page's anonymous creator told a local ABC affiliate, adding that she "just really want the governor to understand that women do have a voice in Indiana."

"Women are posting, some are private message and just not asking me to share, they just want to communicate that they’re trying to make a difference," she explained. So far, the page has more than 6,000 likes.

Them: "Good Morning, Governor Pence's office" Me: "Good Morning. I just wanted to inform the Governor that things..."

Posted by Periods for Pence on Thursday, March 31, 2016

Me: "Good morning. I just wanted to call and let the good Governor know that I am still not pregnant, since he seems..."

Posted by Periods for Pence on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Just got through to Governor Pence's office. (The operator must be on break.) Me: "Hi, is this the operator, or the..."

Posted by Periods for Pence on Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's Deputy Politics Editor and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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