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Indiana Women Are Calling the Governor About Their Periods

Indiana governor Mike Pence.
Indiana governor Mike Pence. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images/2015 Getty Images

Indiana Governor Mike Pence recently signed a bonkers anti-choice bill into law that will not only hold doctors liable if a woman has an abortion because of a fetus’s race, sex, or diagnosis of Down syndrome or any other disability, but also requires fetal remains to be cremated or buried, whether from an abortion or a miscarriage. Providers would likely pass the costs of these funerary services to patients. Plus, women seeking an abortion would need an ultrasound 18 hours before the procedure.

One Indiana woman recently created the Facebook page Periods for Pence where she encourages others to call the governor’s office to report their periods, since they could technically be having a miscarriage. “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,” she says.

As the anonymous page creator told Indianapolis’s WRTV: “The more I read this bill, the more vague language I found and the more loopholes, and it just seemed incredibly intrusive. So 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.”

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

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

Them: Good Morning, Governor Pence's officeMe: Hi. I just found out that we should be reporting our periods to the...

Posted by Shelley Ross on Thursday, March 31, 2016

(After being transferred directly to Katie's voicemail)Me: "Hello, this is Sue Magina again. I just hit a pothole on...

Posted by Periods for Pence on Friday, April 1, 2016

Between live-tweeting your period at orange-tinted gaffe machines running for president and these genius phone calls, menstrual trolling is the best new kind of trolling.

Indiana Women Calling Gov. About Their Periods