Legislation to provide free and accessible menstrual products for female public-school students passed in House Education without objection today. Kay Riggs spoke on behalf of her daughter who was suspended for two days from Liberty Magnet High School in Baton Rouge after she had a period emergency.
“The Dean of Students enforced and deemed my daughter was skipping class while she was in distress waiting for another student to bring her period products,” said Riggs.
Caddo Magnet High School Student Natalie Cockrell with the organization Girl Up also testified to committee members about the positive changes at her school after they raised funds to provide feminine products.
“No girl deserves to miss school because of a lack of access to products or should feel a period is anything less than normal,” said Cockrell.
Senate Bill 117 has already been approved in the Senate and advanced to House Appropriations for funding to provide dispensers and products to public schools across the state. Bill author, New Orleans Senator Aimee Freeman said other states already provide funding for feminine products.
“Thankfully there are some schools already who’ve taken this initiative on their own, but I would love to see statewide policy and funding,” said Freeman.