End Period Poverty in Utah

End Period Poverty in Utah

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Emily Bell McCormick started this petition to The Policy Projecct Emily Bell McCormick and

We stand together in and effort TO END PERIOD POVERTY in Utah. We stand in support of and hope for legislation to improve women’s health issues that touch every life. Namely, abolishing taxes on menstrual products, providing access to menstrual products in schools, prisons and homeless shelters and reclassifying menstrual products as medically necessary. These issues do not affect just 50 percent of our nation—they affect us all.  

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With 10-15 percent of U.S. girls starting their periods at age seven, and thousands of girls, women and people who menstruate, needing to choose between purchasing menstrual products or purchasing food, we are working to: 

*Ensure tampons and pads are freely available in schools, shelters and prisons.

*Eliminate the "tampon tax"--exempting menstrual products from sales tax. 

*End "period poverty" (the lack of access to period products) in the state of Utah. 


Background: 

One in four women struggle to afford period products due to a lack of income. In the first city-wide study on period poverty, it was found that 46% of low-income women had to choose between a meal and period products. 

Because menstruation is still a taboo topic, we don’t often think about what it’s like for the daughter of a person who earns a low-income to have a period. Or a person who is homeless to have a period. And we don’t have open conversations about period health or solutions to period poverty.

But unlike some poverty-related issues, this one is solvable. 

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