For the first time in a long time, the state of Indiana has set a trend in motion. Last week a Facebook page encouraging female Hoosiers to call Gov. Mike Pence and tell him graphic details about their periods made headlines. The page was created in response to new abortion restrictions in that state.
Now a similar protest is happening in Poland in response to a proposal supported by Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, which would tighten already-strict abortion regulations in the country.
“Because you are so concerned with Polish women’s uteruses, that you want to equip them with a police officer and a prosecutor… I will save you some trouble… and kindly inform you that my period is coming, one of the posts left for the prime minister read. “I should get it on Tuesday. At the moment, my boobs are aching, my legs and lower abdomen are swollen, and I have already eaten my chocolate Easter egg, as well as half of my husband’s.”
Poland currently has some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe, restricting the procedure to rare instances such as rape and incest. The new proposals, which are supported by many in the heavily Catholic country, would tighten those restrictions even further, much to the dismay of abortion-rights activists.
“Even Iran’s abortion laws are more liberal than this proposal. That’s why we must protest,” Marta Nowak, a protester at a rally opposing the new restrictions, told The Guardian.