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Oregon mom challenges state law requiring tampons in boys’ restrooms

An Oregon mother is challenging a state law requiring schools to provide free tampons in all bathrooms, including men’s bathrooms.

The Oregon Legislature passed the Menstrual Dignity Act in August 2021, which required schools to gradually increase the supply of tampons for students. Schools were initially required to provide free swabs in the two bathrooms of their choice by the end of the 2021-2022 school year, but they will have to provide the products in all bathrooms, regardless of their size. sex, by 2023, according to Oregon Live.

Mother and Eagle Point School District board member Cherylene Stritenberg called on the Oregon Department of Education to strike down the law, arguing it wasted school funding.

The law was passed by the state legislature with near universal support from Republicans and Democrats.

“As we know, there are a lot of our young people who don’t identify as female or male or are in gender transition,” Oregon State Rep. Ricki Ruiz said. a Democrat, about the bill. “We wanted to respect that and make sure we provide those resources in all toilets for people who might have trouble switching to different toilets.”

The legislation will cost the state about $5.6 million of its $9.3 billion education budget.

Stritenberg’s petition argues that the state should waive the requirement to provide tampons specifically in the boys’ toilets, calling it “embezzlement” of funds, according to OL.

The petition comes amid a broader push by parents against Democratic attempts to impose transgender policies on the US education system.

Conservative parent advocacy group Fight for Schools has also accused President Joe Biden’s administration of holding federal school lunch funds hostage to take advantage of gender identity policies in schools.

“What you’re seeing here is really the Biden administration saying ‘you’re going to do what I want or I’m going to take your lunch money,'” FFS executive director Ian Prior told AFP. Fox News in June. “For the federal government to step in and really tie school nutrition and school lunch programs to this radical ideology is terrifying and appalling.