(Tony Sifert, Headline USA) Oregon Public Schools has begun to comply with the recently-passed “Menstrual Dignity Act,” which requires schools to stock feminine hygiene products in boys’ restrooms, according to a report at Breitbart.
“Starting next year, products will be available in all restrooms (male, female, and all-gender) in every PPS building where education occurs,” Portland Public Schools announced in April.
The mandate, which seeks to establish “menstrual equity” in Oregon, includes “all elementary and middle school” bathrooms, “including boys’ restrooms.”
The Menstrual Dignity Act — HB3294 — holds that “each public education provider shall ensure that both tampons and sanitary pads are available at no cost to students through dispensers located in every student bathroom of every public school building.”
“This is a public health issue that we’re addressing and that disproportionately impacts students from low-income families who don’t always have the resources to afford period products,” said co-sponsor Rep. Ricki Ruiz.
Oregon’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Bridget Barton criticized the legislation in a May 10 interview with Fox News Digital.
“This is an absolute implosion of the family; it’s a violation of the family,” Barton said.
“It’s very confusing for children, and then, when they hit puberty, they have even more confusion about their bodies and have real difficulty understanding what’s going on in their world,” Barton continued.
Barton also suggested that parents are desperate to get their children out of Oregon’s public schools.
“[Parents are] in shock,” she said. “They are exiting the schools as fast as they possibly can, and Oregon has literally run out of room in private schools, charter schools and other options for kids that want to get out.”