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usatoday – Scotland first to offer free tampons, pads addressing ‘period poverty’

Scotland will become the world’s first country to make period products free for anyone who needs them, if new legislation is voted through Tuesday.

The Scottish Parliament will hold a final debate and vote on the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill — which is designed to create a legal obligation for the government to ensure menstrual products are free for those who need them, including tampons and pads in public facilities nationwide.

According to estimates from the Scottish government, the cost to implement the legislation would be about £24 million annually (almost $32 million).

The Bill was introduced by Scottish Parliament member Monica Lennon. Lennon’s aim was to tackle “period poverty,” and aid those who need menstrual products but struggle to afford them.

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