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house Bill H.R. 6953

Should Schools Provide Free Pads and Tampons?

Argument in favor

Lack of menstrual hygiene products causes girls to miss school, affecting their learning and future opportunities. Experiments with providing free pads and tampons have had positive effects on attendance, so states should get grants to make menstrual products available at school.

Josiah's Opinion
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12/03/2018
Public spaces should generally provide pads and tampons, much like toilet paper is provided in public bathrooms as a rule. There is no reason for women to pay extra for a biological reality beyond their control.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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12/03/2018
Menstruation is a biological reality. For the young it is frequently unpredictable and sudden. The cycle is rarely a predictable process until one is in their twenties. Supporting kids to help keep them in school instead of going or staying home is a worthwhile endeavor.
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Jacob's Opinion
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12/03/2018
Yes, it’s time we stop pretending like having a period every month is something you can just turn off when it becomes “inconvenient” to others. If colleges can provide free condoms, then public schools should provide free tampons and pads.
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Argument opposed

Even if it’s inexpensive for schools to provide these products, it’s still an additional cost for stretched education budgets. There are other ways to provide free menstrual products to schools, including major corporations donating these products to low-income school districts.

12yanogden's Opinion
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12/03/2018
First remove luxury taxes on feminine products. Then provide affordable quality healthcare for all. Heathcare should not be confused as a student right, or a right of any one specific group. It is a human right.
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CombatVeteran's Opinion
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12/03/2018
Schools can't even afford to provide free lunches. Why would they need to be tasked with providing this? It's the parent's responsibility to provide those types of things to their children.
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JTJ's Opinion
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12/03/2018
Get the government out of the schools. Stop wasting our tax dollars by sending our money to Washington in order to deal with local issues.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
    IntroducedSeptember 27th, 2018
    Public spaces should generally provide pads and tampons, much like toilet paper is provided in public bathrooms as a rule. There is no reason for women to pay extra for a biological reality beyond their control.
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    First remove luxury taxes on feminine products. Then provide affordable quality healthcare for all. Heathcare should not be confused as a student right, or a right of any one specific group. It is a human right.
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    Menstruation is a biological reality. For the young it is frequently unpredictable and sudden. The cycle is rarely a predictable process until one is in their twenties. Supporting kids to help keep them in school instead of going or staying home is a worthwhile endeavor.
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    Schools can't even afford to provide free lunches. Why would they need to be tasked with providing this? It's the parent's responsibility to provide those types of things to their children.
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    Yes, it’s time we stop pretending like having a period every month is something you can just turn off when it becomes “inconvenient” to others. If colleges can provide free condoms, then public schools should provide free tampons and pads.
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    Get the government out of the schools. Stop wasting our tax dollars by sending our money to Washington in order to deal with local issues.
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    No reason why schools shouldn’t be able to help a young girl dealing with something new and potentially unexpected.
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    Yes! That and birth control! Everywhere!
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    Should schools provide free toilet paper, tissues, free water??? Of course they should provide feminine hygiene products.
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    After reading pros and cons I switched to supporting access to hygiene products for girls - as a nurse - at first I felt access should be thru the nurses office. I reasoned that menstruation remains a taboo (at worst) or uncomfortable (at least) for many young girls and nurses could be educators - not just on personal hygiene but also advocates to destygmatize menstruation - opportunity to discuss other issues related to social pressures - lack of correct information might be critical information - but then I agreed with one comment stating seeing the nurse was a “hoop” to jump thru - a dispenser with female hygiene products - free- IS the same as soap - towels - with a poster offering information about menstrustion as s means to get better info to young women.
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    Not everyone is born with a silver spoon so yes feminine products should be free in school.
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    Any obstacle to education should be removed. For those that say “Get government out of (favorite ax to grind here),” if you can read this, YOU (and I), benefited from government IN education.
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    This would be great, but the additional funding must follow or this will not be sustainable
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    Seriously? NO!!! Females find a way to manage outside of school hours and during summer/holiday vacations. This is just ridiculous.
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    There are some young ladies who can’t afford a basic need. There is nothing more embarrassing to a young lady than starting your period at school and having no sanitary supplies.
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    Yes why not? I’m sure many of these students can’t afford them so I’m like it’s fine. Respectfully, toilet paper is a sanitary product — should we charge for toilet paper too? Female sanitary products are just as essential. Our world is so male centered and blind that we constantly do dumb stuff related to women.
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    No. Schools should not provide personal items for any student. Their mandate is to provide education. If a vendor is willing to place a vending machine on school grounds, this can be used if needed. We have plenty of govt agencies providing financial assistance. We do not need yet another.
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    Education of our youth is of supreme importance to our society. Underprivileged girls are at a supreme disadvantage without having access to these hygiene products. How about lets fully fund our education system for all children, including things like addressing nutritional needs and hygiene needs, and try to provide all kids an opportunity? I understand the argument it is the parents “responsibility”. However i would counter it is also society as society will reap the reward of this investment. We CAN do this if we can get our priorities in the right place!
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    No!! When are we going to work with in a budget people!! Taxed enough already!
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    There is nothing worse than a teen girl not having the ability to afford tampons in an emergency or because there's no money in the budget.
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