Oregon’s far-left Gov. Kate Brown has signed legislation mandating all schools in the state, including elementary schools, to stock menstrual products in boys bathrooms.
Video of vending machines dispensing menstrual products, including tampons, in boys school bathrooms have been posted online by shocked students after Gov. Brown signed the controversial Menstrual Dignity Act into law.
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The new legislation requires elementary, middle and high schools to put menstrual products and instructions into all bathrooms on campus, regardless of the age or gender of users. A TikTok video shot this month shows a functioning tampon dispenser inside of a boys bathroom, revealing that the state-wide roll-out of the mandated machines has already begun. MailOnline report:
Oregon is the first state to pass such a law. All bathrooms must be fitted with menstrual product machines by June 2023. The Menstrual Dignity Act passed in the Oregon legislature in 2021.
According to the law: ‘All education providers shall install in every bathroom at least one dispenser that does not require coins or money’ and ‘is clearly marked as free in at least two languages.’
When asked about the act in an April 2022 interview with Oregon Public Broadcasting, Oregon Department of Education director Colt Gill said that the act was designed to help school districts ‘to understand how they can be supportive of all students’ and ‘what pronouns that they choose to use at school.’
Gill said that if a district is not in compliance with the new law, students are invited to contact the Oregon Department of Education. He added: ‘We are happy to come in and help the school district and the community understand the laws that are in place.’
A statement from the state’s biggest school district, Portland Public Schools, addressed the new law saying that their schools would have menstrual products available in all bathrooms by the start of the 2022-23 school year.
The Daily Mail reached out to both Portland Public Schools and the Oregon Department of Education for comment on this story but has yet to hear back.
The release continued, ‘We encourage parents to have conversations with their students at home about menstruation, menstrual products, sexuality and health.’
It continues, ‘This program will be implemented best if we work in partnership to reduce shame and stigma around menstruation and help all students address basic physical needs in order to remove barriers to their overall education.’
At the time the law passed the legislature, the Oregon Department of Education released a statement citing a similar law in New York City that saw an increase of 2.4 percent in attendance following the implementation.
After the bill was signed into law, the Family Research Council released a statement which read in part, ‘Thanks to the Menstrual Dignity Act that just passed in Oregon, local taxpayers are now on the hook for thousands of new tampon dispensers in boys bathrooms.’
When a similar bill in was up for debate in the Illinois legislature, state Rep. Avery Bourne (R) said, ”When you give a grade-school boy something that’s adhesive, they’re going to put it in places. These products are not inexpensive, and they are going to be misused if they are placed in elementary school boys’ bathrooms.’