Access to menstrual products for all people
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The average menstrual cycle can last from anywhere between 3-7 days, depending on the person and their body. Generally, a person spends $7 per month for menstrual products, adding up to around $85 a year. If someone menstruates for, say, 40 years, they would spend $3,360 on menstrual products in their lifetime. These products are not covered by WIC or food stamps. This is on top of the “pink tax”, which if you didn't know, is an added tax on women’s products. Not only do people who menstruate have to deal with the cost of buying menstrual products like tampons or pads, but there is also the cost of medicine and other essential items that relieve the stress and overall inconvenience of a period.
Millions of people in the United States are living in poverty and do not have the ability to buy menstrual products each month. Representative Grace Meng has introduced a bill that will help with this issue. H.R. 972- Menstrual Equity For All Act of 2017 is a bill thats purpose is to help make menstrual products more accessible to those who are in need. Should this bill get passed, it would give so many more people the opportunity to menstruate in a comfortable and healthy way.
Surprisingly enough, there are some people who are faced with the choice of buying food or buying menstrual products each month. People who are incarcerated are sometimes denied menstrual products as a “power move”. Having access to these products is not only an issue of someone’s health, but also a matter of the dignity of the human being. I am asking you to sign this petition today in order to persuade Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania's 14th Congressional district to stand in favor of the Menstrual Equity For All Act of 2017.
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