CITIZEN VOICES®
Period products for all students?

Feb 08, 2019

After being approached by a high school student about an issue described as “period poverty,” state Sen. Martha Hennessey is sponsoring a 2019 bill that would require middle and high schools to offer feminine hygiene products in restrooms free of charge.

The New Hampshire Senate will vote on that bill February 14.

About period poverty

For many low-income women in New Hampshire and across the U.S., period products are too expensive.  Female students in middle and high school sometimes must choose between staying home, using socks or other makeshift products, or missing class time to visit the school nurse for a pad.

The continued stigma around menstruation makes it even more difficult and embarrassing for young women to seek help when they cannot afford pads or tampons.

A statewide solution?

Sen. Hennessey’s bill, SB 142, would require all schools to make feminine hygiene products available for free in school restrooms.

Rochester, a town in Sen. Hennessey’s district, has already voluntarily started offering free products. Officials report that although there were some initial incidents of misuse and vandalism, the dispensers are working as planned.

Supporters, who include several teens who testified at the public hearing on the bill, argue SB 142 will make a great difference in the lives of young women.

Opponents argue that advocates should work with local school boards, nonprofits, and businesses to solve the issue of period poverty – not create another state mandate.

Should New Hampshire require that middle and high schools offer feminine hygiene products in restrooms free of charge?

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Comments

Pamela Kendall
- Hudson

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 1:09pm

No, schools are for education not handouts. I'm all for helping the needy but from the right sources. Your local church is a good place to ask for help. There are food banks and food pantries that may have a supply of feminine hygiene products on hand.

Emily Rose
- Dover

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:37pm

#NH Resident, Yes, would have been helpful when I was in school!

C. Wasserstrom
- Manchester

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:29pm

No, can't believe this is even being considered... this is a personal responsibility.

Patricia Howe
- Northfield

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 4:43pm

No. It is not necessary to create another state mandate.

Chris Bnotyourbusiness
- Londonderry

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 6:12pm

Yes

1. If we pay for toilet paper why would we not pay for an emergency supply to be in the nurses office because just like toilet paper, tampons or pads are a sanitary item

2. Some parents suck. It’s not the child’s fault. Yes their parents should be prepared, and maybe those parents who can afford should send extras or donate monthly

3. I believe if you believe we shouldn’t help children focus on their education till they’re 18, then why do we pay for public school at all, right?!? I mean, what about people without kids? Why do they have to pay for YOUR child to go to school, shouldn’t YOU be responsible for that? Some of you have multiple children too, you greedy ducks!

4. We should be more concerned about how chicks talking young boys into killing themselves are getting off with a 15 month sentence than some girl needing a fucking tampon while you all act like she’s getting chocolate and a bouquet of flowers for her period monthly.

SHOULD we have to pay this... no, but sadly some people suck and shouldn’t have children. They do have children though, and it’s not that child’s fault their parents suck.

I will be donating Tampons because I am in a place in my life where arguments over a potential 10 yr old girl using a sock for protection are petty and ridiculous. We have much bigger problems when it comes to where tax money goes.

Chris Bnotyourbusiness
- Londonderry

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 6:12pm

Yes

1. If we pay for toilet paper why would we not pay for an emergency supply to be in the nurses office because just like toilet paper, tampons or pads are a sanitary item

2. Some parents suck. It’s not the child’s fault. Yes their parents should be prepared, and maybe those parents who can afford should send extras or donate monthly

3. I believe if you believe we shouldn’t help children focus on their education till they’re 18, then why do we pay for public school at all, right?!? I mean, what about people without kids? Why do they have to pay for YOUR child to go to school, shouldn’t YOU be responsible for that? Some of you have multiple children too, you greedy ducks!

4. We should be more concerned about how chicks talking young boys into killing themselves are getting off with a 15 month sentence than some girl needing a fucking tampon while you all act like she’s getting chocolate and a bouquet of flowers for her period monthly.

SHOULD we have to pay this... no, but sadly some people suck and shouldn’t have children. They do have children though, and it’s not that child’s fault their parents suck.

I will be donating Tampons because I am in a place in my life where arguments over a potential 10 yr old girl using a sock for protection are petty and ridiculous. We have much bigger problems when it comes to where tax money goes.

Francis Murzyn
- Merrimack

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 7:06am

NO.....typical liberal agenda "show me the free stuff". Doesn't matter what it is, it isn't free and I resent my taxes paying for what a parent of the child should supply.

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