Brookline Votes To Require Tampons, Pads In Public Restrooms

BROOKLINE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Brookline's bathrooms will be equipped with something no other public restrooms in the nation have—free menstrual products.

It's a matter of public health, Brookline Town Meeting member Rebecca Stone told WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal. Stone proposed the idea, sparked by a student newspaper article arguing that girls shouldn't hide their physical needs.

"And I read this article and I said, 'Oh my God,' first of all it was very compellingly written, and second of all, I had never thought about it," Stone said.

Last Thursday, on the second night of Brookline's annual Town Meeting, the measure was approved. It will take effect July 1, 2021. According to Brookline TAB, the program is expected to cost about $7,300 this year.

Stone said this is also a matter of public sanitation and health. She said that, if you think people should bring their own, think of this next time you're using a public restroom:

"If you are providing toilet paper, you should be providing menstrual hygiene products alongside them," she said.

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WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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