Oregon Public Schools to Stock Feminine Products in Boys’ Bathrooms

Feminine products, including tampons and sanitary napkins, will be placed in all Oregon public school boys’ restrooms beginning in the 2022-2023 school year to comply with the 2021 law. Statement on the Menstrual Dignity Act.

The law requires “that tampons and sanitary napkins be available free of charge to students through dispensers located” in all student bathrooms, including elementary, middle, and high school boys’ rooms and in all other buildings. state public schools.

Currently, the law requires that tampon and towel dispensers be placed “in at least two student bathrooms in each public school building.” In the legislation, “student bathrooms” refers to girls’ rooms, boys’ rooms and unisex bathrooms. The change takes effect July 1, 2022.

Portland Public School (PPS) announced in an April 17 statement that it has begun to prepare for the upcoming requirements:

Starting next year (2022-23), the products will be available in all toilets (male, female and all genders) in each PPS building where education takes place. To ensure timely compliance, PPS ordered 500 dispensers. Dispensers have been installed in all girls’ toilets in elementary and middle schools, and more will be installed in all remaining bathrooms, including boys’ toilets, next year. Instructions on the use of tampons and pads will be posted in all bathrooms.

The release later added that all K-12 schools are receiving “core lessons on the four pillars of menstrual dignity, including privacy, inclusion, access, and education” from the part of the “adapted/adapted health and physical education team”.

Free towels and tampons are seen in a bathroom at Justice High School in Falls Church, Va., on Sept. 11, 2019. (Photo by ALASTAIR PIKE/AFP via Getty Images)

Oregon also published a 26-page article Menstrual Dignity Toolkit for Students, whose introduction reads in part:

Importantly, this law affirms the right to menstrual dignity for transgender, intersex, non-binary, and two-spirited students by addressing the challenges some students have in managing their menstruation while minimizing the negative attention that may put them at risk. danger and navigating experiences of gender dysphoria during menstruation. Research also links access to gender-affirming toilets to student safety at school.

Bridget Barton, who is running as the Republican primary candidate for governor of the state, ripped up the law when speaking with Fox News Digital:

Radical left woke politics are destroying Oregon from our streets to our businesses to our schools. But as a mom, new grandma, and Republican candidate for governor of Oregon, I can’t believe we’re even talking about it — America’s most unpopular governor, Kate Brown, is putting free tampons in Oregon elementary school boys’ toilets.

Clearly, Brown cares more about what happens in bathrooms than what happens in classrooms.

A similar law was also passed in Illinois last year. Republican Illinois State Rep. Avery Bourne noted at the time that elementary school-aged boys were likely to abuse the products, Center Square reported.

“When you give an elementary school boy something that’s adhesive, he’s going to put it in places,” Bourne said. “These products are not cheap and will be misused if placed in primary school boys’ toilets.”

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