Women in Indiana are calling and emailing Governor Mike Pence to tell him about their periods — in great detail.
One message, posted on Facebook, started out: "I need to get a message to the Governor that I am on day three of my period. My flow seems abnormally heavy, but my cramps are much better."
It's all part of a campaign called "Periods for Pence," objecting to the new abortion law that Pence signed last month requiring, among other things, that all fetal remains be cremated or buried, even if they are from an early abortion or miscarriage.
"The initial post on the the Periods for Pence Facebook group, which is where this whole thing started, pointed out that a lot of miscarriages can actually happen during a woman's period," Emily Crockett, who covers gender issues for Vox, told Here & Now's Robin Young.
@GovPenceIN @periodsforpence My neighbor won't disclose details of her cycle. Should I call the police regarding suspicious activity? — For Justice Alone (@forjusticealone) April 8, 2016
@GovPenceIN I can't make any uterus decisions without you! Do you have a go to tampon brand or do i give the diva cup a go?@periodsforpence — Lo (@LaurynLuu) April 7, 2016
@periodsforpence @GovPenceIN since our periods are now government concern I presume our tampons are tax deductible.
— Aimee Rivera Cole (@aimeercole) April 7, 2016
"A lot of women have miscarriages and don't even know it because they have a fertilized egg that has implanted," Crocket said. "And under the letter of the law, she would be required to take those remains to a hospital or some other facility, and have them dispose of it by cremating or interring the remains. So this just shows how medically incoherent it is."
This segment aired on April 8, 2016.
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