Oregon law requires female ‘products’ in all-boys school restrooms

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It’s called the Menstrual Dignity Actand this will be in effect for the next school year.

Oregon Law Takes Effect, Feminine Products Head to Boys’ Restrooms

House Bill 3294, which passed last session and was signed by Governor Kate Brown, will place feminine hygiene products (tampons, etc.) in all K-12 bathrooms, “regardless of sex” for the the coming school year.

Oregon officials, including the board of health, have said there is a need to place such products in all school bathrooms because lack of access affects students of “color,” and those living in poverty as well as people with disabilities.

Yes, this includes the boys toilets.

As to why they are included in boys’ toilets, some of the literature accompanying this law reads:

“…affirms the right to menstrual dignity for transgender, intersex, non binaryand two spiritual students by addressing the challenges some students have in managing their periods while minimizing negative attention that could put them at risk and navigating experiences of gender dysphoria during menstruation,”

Besides, on page 13 of the Menstrual Dignity for Students Toolkit released by the Oregon Department of Education, educators will conduct such classroom training with all students, including boys.

Providing information and products regarding this topic in girls’ restrooms is nothing new, but the scope and reach of this bill has not been seen in most states.

The bill comes into effect for the next school year.

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