Women protesting the Republican Vice Presidential choice’s big government intrusion into their uterine areas – led by feminist group Periods for Pence – have begun a national call flood of the Donald Trump for President Campaign headquarters.
Turns out that Indiana’s Republican Governor Mike Pence isn’t just known for his Big Tobacco advocacy, or his anti-LGBT laws or blowing an election by spending campaign cash on his mortgage. The Republican’s new Vice Presidential nominee Pence is a leader of his party’s War on Women, and personally began the senseless campaign to de-fund Planned Parenthood while serving in Congress back in 2011.
Republicans are all too fond of calling states the “laboratories of democracy” and conveniently forget to mention this results in a bunch of old white male politicians playing doctor with millions of innocent women’s lives. Now, Mike Pence’s more recent baggage from his one and only term as Indiana’s Governor is attaching hermetically to the misogynist Republican Donald Trump’s campaign to be crowned America’s
president Bigot in Chief.
Women who like the Periods for Pence Facebook page from across Indiana originally began calling Indiana Governor Pence in late March with updates on their periods, because Republican Vice Presidential nominee Pence enacted a big government, anti-choice law to regulate women’s reproductive organs that is so extreme, it would theoretically criminalize every woman in Indiana who has a period, unless they give a funeral to any miscarried fetuses a proper burial or cremation. The Periods for Pence page explains:
“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. 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?”
Periods for Pence did not encourage women to send any actual material, but rather “lots of information,” about their menstrual cycles to Pence’s official offices, according to NPR. Now that Donald Trump has made the one-term Governor his business, those women have made it their business to inform the pageant owner of their menstrual business.
Of course, this isn’t the first time a Republican Governor has inflamed women by trying to legislate what they can do with their bodies, like Kentucky’s Governor Matt Bevin and Ohio’s John Kasich, who inspired twin twitter campaigns #AskBevinAboutMyVag and #AskDrKasich. But this is the first time any Presidential campaign has been flooded with women’s period updates after selecting a bonafide General in the Republican’s War on Women for their party’s national ticket.
Periods for Pence went from zero to 60,000 fans in just three and a half months, but since Mike Pence has been selected as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate, one would assume those numbers will grow as more and more women across America share the page, which means that the call flood of angry women who just want to keep the government out of their vaginas will be directed to the Trump Campaign all summer long, and keep growing all the way through this November’s general election.
Trump's campaign HQ: 646-736-1779.
Let 'em hear those hoo-has!
— PeriodsforPence (@Periods4Pence) July 15, 2016
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition