You will obey or go to jail!
❝ For the past week, women have been calling and emailing the office of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to tell him about their periods. In detail.
“My flow seems abnormally heavy”
“My name is Sue Magina.”
The epic trolling effort comes from members of the Facebook group Periods for Pence, launched after Pence recently signed a new anti-abortion bill into law.
❝ Some of the calls are gross-out moves that mock the overall idea of legislators meddling with women’s health care. Pence thinks he knows better than my gynecologist, the joke goes, so maybe I should start coming to him with my reproductive health issues!…
But there’s also a very specific critique of Indiana’s new law going on here.
❝ The bill signed by Pence (and written by state Rep. Casey Cox, who is now also getting calls) has some pretty shocking provisions. One of them basically forces women to seek funerary services for a fetus — no matter if she has had an abortion or a miscarriage, and no matter how far along the pregnancy was. All fetal tissue has to be cremated or buried, which has never been required in any state law before…
So by telling Pence about their periods, women are simply being good citizens who are being extra careful not to run afoul of the new law. It sounds absolutely absurd, and it is. But it’s also what happens when you take a law as bizarre and medically incoherent as Indiana’s to its logical conclusion…
❝ Notably, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) just filed a lawsuit on behalf of Planned Parenthood to block the new law before it takes effect July 1. The ACLU says the law unconstitutionally invades a woman’s privacy and interferes with her protected decision to have an abortion.
Not that Republicans give a damn about anyone’s privacy, not that the Party of NO thinks any woman has the right to make decisions about her own reproductive system. Paternalist, patriarchal, backwards as any superstitious git’s fear of science – or democracy – today’s Republican Party has devolved into the worst possible example of fear and prejudice masquerading as a political party.