It's called the Menstrual Dignity Act, and it will be in effect for the upcoming school year.

Oregon Law goes into effect, feminine products heading to the boys bathrooms

House Bill 3294, which passed the last session and was signed by Gov. Kate Brown, will place feminine hygiene products (tampons, etc) in all K-12 bathrooms, "regardless of gender" for the upcoming school year. 

Oregon officials, including the board of health, said placing such products in all school bathrooms is necessary because lack of access affects students of "color," and those who are experiencing poverty as well as those with disabilities.

  Yes, this includes the boys' bathrooms.

As to why they are being included in boy's bathrooms, part of the literature accompanying this law read as follows:

"...affirms the right to menstrual dignity for transgender, intersex, nonbinary, and two spirit students by addressing the challenges that some students have managing menstruation while minimizing negative attention that could put them at risk of harm and navigating experiences of gender dysphoria during menstruation,"

By the way, on page 13 of the Menstrual Dignity for Students toolkit published by the Oregon Department of Education, educators will conduct such training in the classroom with all students, including boys.

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Providing information and products concerning this topic in girls bathrooms is nothing new, but the reach and scope of this bill have not been seen in most states.

The bill goes into effect for the upcoming school year.


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