Women Are Calling Indiana Governor Pence to Tell Him About Their Periods

After March 28, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s office was inundated with calls about women’s periods. This was no early April Fools prank, though. It was in response to an abortion bill the governor signed into law on March 24. The politically charged prank was initiated by Periods for Pence, which was created shortly after Gov. Pence signed an abortion bill into law.

The bill bans abortions that are based on fetal abnormalities, race or gender. In addition to these restrictions, fetal remains must be cremated or buried, whether they were a result of an abortion or a miscarriage, and the woman is likely to foot the bill for the services. Indiana is the second state to have these kind of restrictions.

Only weeks old, Periods for Pence has nearly 17,000 likes and has gained attention throughout the United States. The call to action was posted on March 28 and points out the biological discrepancies in the bill:

“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,” it read. “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? We can ALL CALL HIM AT 317-232-4567. REPORT THOSE PERIODS! You should really let him know, since he’s so concerned. It will only take a few minutes of your day, but it lets them face an undue and unjust burden, for a change!

“I would love to hear about your calls–please post how it goes!”

Since the post went public, it has been shared nearly 3,000 times and gotten 4,200 reactions. The page’s creator who has chosen to remain anonymous updates the page with transcriptions of her own phone calls:

Me: “Good morning. I just wanted to call and let the good Governor know that I am still not pregnant, since he seems to be so worried about women’s reproductive rights.”
Irritated lady on the other end of the phone: “And can I get your name, please?”
Me: “Sure, it’s Not Pregnant Laura.”

Periods for Pence’s followers posted updates of their own phone calls and emails to the governor on the page. What started as a grassroots effort for the women of Indiana became much larger, with women outside Indiana calling and emailing the governor’s office in support.

This isn’t the first time Indiana has been in the news for discrimination-fueled laws, either. Exactly a year ago, Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which allows businesses to cite religious reasons as a legal defense. The act caused controversy, as it made it legal to deny service to people specifically the LGBT population due to religious beliefs.

Photo Credit: QuinnDombrowski

85 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

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Larry McDaniel
Larry M1 years ago

Thank you

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william Miller
william Miller1 years ago

thanks

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill2 years ago

I think this is horrible.

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Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

Thank you for sharing

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Marie W.
Marie W2 years ago

Love the idea.

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Barbara S.
Barbara S.2 years ago

Governor Pence is a disgrace to his elected position. He is supposed to help ALL of the people in Indiana, not to pick and choose for whom he can enact Laws of Discrimination. What happens when girls pregnant out of wedlock need medical attention. Will their physicians refuse medical aid because of these girls' marriage status? What if LGBTQ people are injured and need medical services? Will their potential caregivers be allowed to deny them life-saving services, even in the E.R.? This kind of Religious bullshit has to stop!

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Patricia Harris
John Taylor2 years ago

I really don't like periods.

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Clare Newbury
Clare Newbury2 years ago

Kudos to Periods for Pence! I hate phone calls; is there an email address? I'm not from Indiana, but I really feel I should let Gov. Pence and his staff know that I am post-menopausal. I'm sure he and his staff would really appreciate knowing that. One less womb to obsess about.

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