Abortion activists in Indiana launched a childish attack against pro-life Gov. Mike Pence this week by calling his office and sending him messages about their menstrual cycles.
The pointlessly immature campaign “Period for Pence” is encouraging abortion activists to “Let Governor Mike Pence know what you think about his intrusive HEA 1337 bill. Women should have the right to make their own medical decisions!” Pence signed the measure into law at the end of March, making Indiana the second state in the nation to protect unborn babies diagnosed with disabilities like Down syndrome from abortion.
The new law bans abortion doctors from knowingly aborting an unborn baby solely because of a genetic disability such as Down syndrome, the unborn baby’s race or sex. The bill also has several other abortion-related measures, including a requirement that aborted or miscarried babies’ bodies be cremated or buried and another requirement that abortionists who have hospital admitting privileges renew them annually. The burial/cremation requirement backs up a law passed in 2015 by Gov. Pence requiring that aborted babies’ bodies be disposed of in a humane way.
Abortion activists both in the state and across the U.S. have been attacking Indiana legislators for the protective law, and the “Period for Pence” campaign is the latest, most ridiculous attempt yet.
USA Today reports a 39-year-old woman from the Indianapolis area created the campaign after reading the language of the new law. The woman asked the news outlet to remain anonymous, saying she feared for her safety. Last week, she set up a Facebook and Twitter page urging women to contact Pence’s office through phone calls, emails and social media comments and talk about their periods.
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The woman reportedly called the governor’s office with this message: “Hello, this is Sue Magina again. I just hit a pothole on I-70. It was a doozy! I’m worried it might have shaken something around up in there, and I wanted to make sure that was addressed in this new abortion law. I knew Governor Pence would be worried. Thanks.”
Another abortion activist also reported having this conversation:
Caller: “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,” one woman called to say.
Pence’s office: “Ma’am, what is it that I can help you with.”
Caller: “Oh, I don’t need your help, I just wanted to keep Governor Pence informed of my reproductive cycle, since he seems so concerned.”
Along with urging women to call Gov. Pence and tell him “how your cycle is going,” the pro-abortion group also wants women to contact Casey Cox, author of the law.
Some abortion activists seem to think the campaign is clever and funny, but the only thing it appears to be getting them is attention. If abortion activists want to be taken seriously, prank phone calls are not the way to go.
Mike Murphy, a Republican strategist, told USA Today that the pro-life position is “a winning issue, hands down” in Indiana. He said the campaign probably will not hurt the pro-life Pence, who is running for re-election in November.
“People who are joining this website or this Facebook page weren’t going to vote for him anyhow,” Murphy said.
When the best strategy abortion activists can come up with to attack a law protecting unborn babies from discrimination is prank calls, it’s a telling sign of just how shallow the pro-abortion position is.