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Women share details about their menstrual cycle to protest Ind. abortion ban

Abortion-rights supporters have launched a social media campaign that urges women to contact the Indiana governor's office with details about their menstrual cycles to express their opposition to a new antiabortion-rights law (HB 1337), USA Today reports (Stanglin, USA Today, 4/2).

Law details

The new law bans abortion sought because of the sex of the fetus or a disability diagnosis. Physicians who provide abortion care when they know the procedure is sought for such reasons could face civil liability or disciplinary action. In addition, the law requires that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital or contract with a physician who has such privileges.

The law also mandates that fetal tissue resulting from abortion or miscarriage be cremated or interred. Further, the law makes it a misdemeanor to intentionally transport fetal tissue into the state or across state lines unless the tissue is being moved for burial or cremation (Women's Health Policy Report, 3/25).

Social media campaign

In response to the bill, an Indiana woman created a Facebook page called "Periods for Pence." The page calls on followers to "[l]et Governor Mike Pence [R] know what you think about his intrusive HEA 1337 bill. Women should have the right to make their own medical decisions!"

According to USA Today, more than 11,500 people have "liked" the Facebook page as of April 2. The campaign on Saturday also launched a Twitter account (USA Today, 4/2).