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Women Threaten to Send Menstrual Blood to VP-Elect Mike Pence
As Inauguration Day draws closer, we find ourselves fearing for our reproductive rights.
An angry journalist, Rachel Zarrell, tweeted in response to the election of Donald Trump and his Vice President, Mike Pence, who’s known for things like believing women who have miscarriages should be forced to have funerals for their fetuses.
I swear to god if Mike Pence tries to regulate my uterus I will mail him a monthly bag of period blood
— #1 Rachel (@rachel) November 13, 2016
Conservatives had a complete shit fit in response to the tweet, including conservative digital magazine The Federalist, which dragged the writer for her outspoken pro-choice stance.
LOOOOOL what kind of dummy doesn't realize this is a joke https://t.co/OSlPhVlTdc
— #1 Rachel (@rachel) November 14, 2016
Little did they know (or care to mention), feminists in Indiana made a similar call back in March, when Pence signed in a state law creating new limits for abortions in the state.
In an effort called Periods for Pence, women phoned in to tell him about their flow, cramps, bloating, abonormalities — you name it.
Good morning! It's me, the voice of your loins, reminding you to call Pence to let him know what's cooking-or not-down there. 317-232-4567
— PeriodsforPence (@Periods4Pence) March 31, 2016
The woman behind the movement wishes to remain anonymous, but spoke to NPR about the issue, saying that she started it because she felt that the new laws were incredibly invasive.
The Indiana law banned abortion motivated by fetal abnormalities and other fetal characteristics, and tightened restrictions on other abortions.
One of the more extreme portions of the law requires miscarried and aborted fetuses to be “interred or cremated by a facility having possession of the remains,” regardless of length of gestation of the fetus.
A federal judge blocked the law in June, saying it violates women’s Constitutional rights.
Well, if you want to be thorough, better send Pence all of your eggs that were not successfully fertilized and thus shed along with the rest of your uterine lining. Plus, many periods are actually unsuccessful pregnancies. Better make sure Pence gets all of that material for proper burials, too.
The vaginal vigilante wrote on the groups’ Facebook page:
“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?”
Now that this man is our Vice President-elect, let’s continue keeping him updated — for science! Keep tweeting Pence via @Mike_Pence or @GovPenceIN to let him know how it’s hanging … or tilting … or flowing. Let’s make America great again, shall we?