Democrats in the Minnesota House are pushing to pass a bill that would require the availability of menstrual products in all boys’ school restrooms statewide.
“A school district or charter school shall provide students with access to menstrual products at no charge. The products shall be available in restrooms used by students in grades 4 through 12,” the bill states. products.”
The bill proposes to increase operating capital assistance to fund school district purchases of menstrual products.
“…to pay for the cost of supplies and equipment necessary to provide students with access to menstrual products at no charge in restrooms and as needed in school facilities,” the bill states.
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Republican Grove City Rep. Dean Urdall has introduced an amendment to clarify that menstrual products must be available in restrooms used by female students, Alpha News reported.
“It’s just about practicality. I believe these products should be more available to those who use them, girls. This amendment makes that more possible,” Urdall said during a committee hearing.
Bill sponsor Rep. Sandra Feist (DFL-New Brighton) urged the committee to vote on an amendment that says “not all menstruating students are women.”
“First of all, there are a lot of schools that are moving toward gender-neutral bathrooms, and if we add ‘female’ we could quickly become obsolete,” Feist said.
“Secondly, not all schoolgirls who menstruate are women. We need to ensure that all students have access to these products,” he continued.
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“Not all menstruating students are women,” DFL Rep. Sandra Feist said during a hearing to consider a bill to provide menstrual products in all school bathrooms, including boys’ bathrooms. Read more: https://t.co/X5AG5JFdGz pic.twitter.com/kbVLb89ozz
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The newly proposed legislation has been met with criticism online.
One user commented, “Of all the issues plaguing our education system, they’re discussing the availability of menstrual products in boys’ bathrooms. Men do not menstruate. This is the truth. Why are we allowing these people in any leadership positions?
Another said, “I really don’t understand where and how a person who was not born with a vagina would use it menstruation Products and why a person born with a vagina the boys Bathroom? Identify how you want but we are not BS biology, the boys does not have menstruation Chakras, never will.
“Somehow, radical MN MLAs are acting more and more confused about what a woman is. The science is clear: only women can menstruate. It’s not really that hard, even my 5 year old brother knows the difference between a the boy And a girl,” one user commented.
Both Oregon and Illinois have passed legislation mandating the availability of menstrual products in men’s restrooms.