Oregon House unanimously votes to provide free tampons, pads to incarcerated women and girls

Oregon House unanimously votes to provide free tampons, pads to incarcerated women and girls
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The Oregon House voted to pass legislation that would require jails and prisons in the state to provide female inmates with tampons, pads and other menstrual products entirely free of charge.

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According to The Oregonian, the state chamber passed the measure unanimously on Monday.

The bill says that all incarcerated women and girls in the state must be provided with access to "tampons, sanitary pads, postpartum pads and panty liners at no cost to all ... for use in connection with vaginal discharge."

"Facilities shall maintain a sufficient supply, which shall be stored, dispensed and disposed of in a sanitary manner," the bill says. 

The bill also states that the supply of products that would be made available to inmates free of charge must include the following: "Regular absorbent and super absorbent tampons; regular absorbent and super absorbent sanitary pads; postpartum pads; and regular absorbent panty liners."

If passed, the bill is estimated to cost the state’s Department of Corrections about $100,000 to implement, The Oregonian reported.