Bill Seeks To Address 'Period Poverty'

Aaron Kupec
February 26, 2020 - 1:20 pm
Period Poverty Legislation

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - Connecticut schools would be required to offer free feminine hygiene products in girls' bathrooms for grades 6-12, under a bill working its way through the General Assembly.

The measure seeks to address so-called "period poverty"-- the inability to afford hygiene products, resulting in absenteeism among girls and difficult choices between paying for food and paying for period products, according to the bill's proponents.

The bill was inspired by high school students around the state, who argue that feminine hygiene products are a basic need, like toilet paper and soap.

The Connecticut Association of School Business Officials says though the legislation is well intentioned, it is unnecessary. The group notes that most school nurses dispense hygiene products free of charge.

The matter is before the Legislature's Public Health and Children's Committees.