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'Periods for Pence' gaining momentum

Posted at 8:40 PM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 20:40:10-04

A social media movement opposing a controversial abortion bill is gaining attention beyond Indiana.

The Facebook page "Periods for Pence" launched last week. It's already drawn more than 18,000 people to "like" the page, and the number keeps growing.

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In post after post, supporters of "Periods for Pence" share details of their phone calls to the governor's office. Many include personal details of the women's menstrual cycles.

"This is a new time for us," said page supporter Kelly Kerr. "We have not had to deal with these kind of draconian measures in over 40 years. And to be able to participate in the discussion and the dissent online is really a great opportunity."

REACTION | Your best responses to "Periods for Pence"

The movement comes in response to a bill Gov. Mike Pence signed into law that, in part, bans abortions on the basis of gender and disability. The law also requires a miscarried or aborted fetus to be buried or cremated.

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This week, a report from Yahoo.com said some Polish women were calling their prime minister with similar information after she expressed her support for a complete ban on abortion.

Despite the attention now, RTV6 political insiders Adam Kirsch and Abdul Hakim-Shabazz had differing opinions on whether the issue will have an impact in November.

"If they hit their numbers for Saturday, it's supposed to be several thousand people rallying on the Statehouse lawn," Kirsch, a Democrat, said. "Those are several thousand voters."

Republican Shabazz disagreed.

"There are going to be a lot more issues Hoosiers are focused on, because just as many people there are opposed to this there are an equal number of people who are in favor of it," he said.

A spokesman for the governor's office said they are always willing to take calls from constituents who have questions, concerns or are looking for help.

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