What abortion activists think they’ll accomplish by sending Indiana Gov. Mike Pence coloring pages of genitalia isn’t quite clear.
But a small group of abortion activists are doing just that in an effort to oppose a new Indiana law that protects unborn babies from discrimination because of a disability, their sex or race. Pence signed the measure into law at the end of March, making Indiana the second state to ban abortions because of genetic disorders such as Down syndrome. Planned Parenthood already filed a lawsuit challenging the law.
Fuming, abortion activists also launched a series of juvenile campaigns to attack Pence and the pro-life legislators who supported the life-saving law. Ignoring that the purpose of the law is to protect unborn babies, abortion activists have been claiming the law is all about controlling women’s reproductive organs.
Periods for Pence, a campaign that encourages women to harass pro-life lawmakers with calls and messages about their menstrual cycles, came first. Now, Indiana abortion supporters are taking their crude efforts a step further with the “Color Your Junk for Mike Pence” campaign.
Last week, a small group met in Indianapolis to color coloring book pictures of male and female reproductive organs and write messages to the pro-life governor. The Facebook page advertised the event for “all ages.” The group organizers said they planned to hand deliver the coloring pages and a petition in protest of the law.
Benjamin Bocock, who attended the event, poked fun at supporters of the new law, Ball State Daily reported.
“This is the greatest thing since paid toilets,” Bocock said. “I love protests like this. It’s not tying up traffic. It’s something different, something original. It’s making the news. And it’s funny and that’s what these people lack. These people lack any humor. That’s what makes this great.”
Pro-lifers don’t find discrimination and death funny, though.
The new Indiana law addresses increasing concerns among pro-lifers and disability rights advocates that abortion is being used to eugenically eliminate unborn babies with special needs. Even some people who call themselves pro-choice on abortion are expressing concern about abortion being used as a tool for discrimination.
The problem is wide-spread. Researchers estimate that approximately 90 percent of unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. Lately, abortion activists also have been targeting pregnant mothers infected with the Zika virus because of a link to birth defects.
There also is heightened awareness about gender discrimination through sex-selection abortions, something the new Indiana law and a handful of other state laws also prohibit. Unborn baby girls especially are targeted for abortions simply because of their sex.
The Indiana law is the second in the nation to ban abortions based on genetic disabilities like Down syndrome. In 2013, North Dakota became the first state to pass a similar bill to protect unborn babies from abortions because of disabilities.
The Indiana law 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.