'These are not luxury items': Scotland set to make period products free for all women

The Scottish Parliament has approved plans to make sanitary products freely available to all women, the first nation in the world to do so.

26/02/2020 1:00:00 AM

The Scottish Parliament has approved plans to make sanitary products freely available to all women, the first nation in the world to do so.

Scottish MP Monica Lennon said making sanitary products freely available would be a 'milestone moment for normalising menstruation in Scotland'.

Share on TwitterThe Scottish Parliament has approved plans to make sanitary products freely available to all women, the first nation in the world to do so.Scottish MPs voted unanimously to support the bill that would make tampons and sanitary pads available at designated public places such as community centres, youth clubs and pharmacies, at an estimated annual cost of AU$31.2 million.

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Campaigners and activists have been rallying for this legislation to be introduced for months.Getty Images EuropeThe Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Bill passed through its first stage with 112 votes in favour, none against and one abstention. It now moves to the second stage, where members of the devolved Scottish parliament can propose amendments.

Some warned there was a"huge amount of work to do" to amend the proposed law to make it deliverable and affordable.Labour MP Monica Lennon submitted the first draft of the bill in 2017.Scottish Labour MP Monica Lennon on the way to open the Stage 1 debate on her Period Products Bill.

Getty"These are not luxury items. They are indeed essential and no one in Scotland should have to go without period products," Ms Lennon said during the debate.She said passing the bill would be a"milestone moment for normalising menstruation in Scotland and sending out that real signal to people in this country about how seriously parliament takes gender equality."

Earlier on Tuesday, Ms Lennon joined a rally gathered outside the Scottish Parliament, and held a sign reading"Access to menstrual products is a right. Period."Fellow lawmaker Alison Johnstone asked:"Why is it in 2020 that toilet paper is seen as a necessity but period products aren’t? Being financially penalised for a natural bodily function is not equitable or just."

At present tampons, pads and some reusable products are funded in Scottish schools, colleges and universities.GettyGovernment ministers had originally opposed the plans but changed their position after coming under pressure from campaigners.In 2018, Scotland became the first country in the world to provide free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities.

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WT talk about the Nanny State gone mad... Scotland is just sad, kinda like Canada on steroids 😵 WOULD these types of women Vote against confessed Socialists like Corbyn or BernieSanders They would Akarnious CelebratingAus ozcrimenews waspingtown? Should have been on Need base, and NOT a gender base

Now the govt is paying (from taxes) for them, the price will skyrocket. Only governments have the ability to mismanage the supply of anything. tassiedevil 👍👍👍👍👍👍 for Scotland! WittaTwitta Meanwhile in Australia they were considered a luxury product by our bloke parliamentarians until recently and subject to GST. We are SO backward.

It's actually madness that period products aren't free. It's not like they can choose if they have them or not That angers me. These shouldn't be free. they are disposible products that destroy the environment. However, maybe reusable ones should be given for free to every woman. then we are benefiting the environment too.

I don't quite agree with free over the countet; however, they should definitely be cheaper. A good project for the WHO would be world wide awareness / education program for young girls and provide free sanitary products at schools. Deluded fuckwittery. Excellent. Other non-luxury items - water, food, deep-fried Mars Bar

Go Scotland ❤ YAY Can they make toilet paper free as well as its also not a luxury good. While at it do the same for basic foods too...oh and water...i dont think we should pay our water rates anymore either as that surely isnt a luxury item..and housing, that should be free as well, not a luxury. Onya, Scotland 😀❤

I don’t understand how a pad is a right. Maybe condoms etc should be as well then. Very nice. But what will happen next is that these free items become cheap and nasty due to no free market competition. People rather to buy their own period products. Government then introduces QA process and this policy end up as a financial burden to the government.

Jeez where they get the money for that? Fantastic news! 👏🏼🎉 Let's hope that other countries will follow in Scotland's lead. 🚺 Loved how you said nation! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

'These are not luxury items': Scotland set to make sanitary products free for women in world firstScotland is set to be the first country in the world to make sanitary products free to all women. Condoms cost $2 a piece now I bet. Femimists: we want equality! Not to be treated differently to men, but seen as equal. Also feminists: I need that because I'm a woman, so men should pay for it. This is why third wave Feminism and the feminists who support it are not taken seriously. The pure blood and the soil indigenous Scots making Scotland Scottish again after the evil of foreign white English colonisation since first contact about 700 years ago!

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