The “Menstrual Dignity Act,” which was signed into law last year requires all public schools to place feminine products in all K-12 bathrooms.
The mandate was signed into law by Democrat Governor, Katie Brown. It’s set to go into effect for the 2022-2023 school year.
Portland Public Schools stated how they would implement the law. The statement reads:
“Starting next year (2022-2023), products will be available in all restrooms (male, female, and all-gender) in every PPS building where education occurs. To ensure timely compliance, PPS ordered 500 dispensers. Dispensers have been installed in all elementary and middle school girls’ restrooms, and more will be installed in all remaining bathrooms, including boys’ restrooms, next year.”
In addition to the products, instructions on how to use the tampons and pads will be posted in the restrooms.
The statement also stressed the importance of reducing the “shame and stigma” surrounding menstruation. Proponents of the act claim that it gives transgender, non-binary, intersex, and two-spirit students the right to menstrual dignity.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bridget Barton said, “Governor Brown also just passed something called the Menstrual Dignity Act, which will start requiring public schools to provide period products in ALL gender bathrooms in K-12 schools. So kindergarten boys will be exposed to signage and instruction on how to use pads and tampons during their school day.”