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House unanimously approves bill providing free tampons to jail inmates in Colorado

 

"A bill sponsored by state Rep. Leslie Herod of Denver mandating all local jails provide menstrual hygiene products on Wednesday received unanimous support in the House and now heads to the Senate for further consideration."

 

"A release from Colorado House Democrats on Wednesday said the House approved HB19-1224 by a 65-0 vote. Herod’s efforts are linked in part to advocate Elisabeth Epps, who told Denverite last month she wasn’t able to get tampons when she needed them after being jailed in Arapahoe County."

 

"The bill requires jails to provide the necessary products to women in custody immediately and free of charge."

 

“If you can’t say the word tampon, then don’t restrict access to one,” Herod said in a release. “Women’s bodies are different, and we need to ensure that we are treating all women, especially those that are in custody, with the respect and dignity that they deserve.”

 

 

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