AB-0010: Adequate Supply of Feminine Hygiene Products in Schools, Colleges, and Shelters

Session: 2017-2018
Author: C. Garcia
Status: Alive
AAP-CA Position: Support
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AB 10 (C. Garcia) would require the California Department of Education to provide public and private schools, including charter schools, with a supply of feminine hygiene products sufficient to meet the needs of all female pupils, and to ensure that female pupils have direct access to feminine hygiene products in school bathrooms. It would also require public and private institutions of higher education, including the California State University, each community college district, and the governing board of each independent institution of higher education, to provide an adequate supply of feminine hygiene products sufficient to meet the needs of female students at all campuses, and to ensure that female students have direct access to feminine hygiene products in college bathrooms. (It would also encourage the Regents of the University of California to do so.) Finally, this bill would require the Department of Housing and Community Development to ensure that each female occupant of specified emergency housing shelters and domestic violence shelters is provided with an adequate supply of feminine hygiene products.

AAP Positional Letter



December 14, 2016

The Honorable Cristina Garcia
California State Assembly
State Capitol, Suite 2013
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: AB 10 (Garcia) Feminine hygiene products: adequate supply: school and college bathrooms and shelters
AAP-CA Position: Support

Dear Assemblymember Garcia:

The American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA) representing 5,000 California pediatricians strongly supports AB 10 (Garcia), a bill that would require the K-12 system, public universities, and emergency housing and domestic violence shelters to maintain an adequate supply of feminine products for female occupants. AB 10 would provide expanded access to these necessary products for millions of women in California.

The cost of feminine hygiene products, including the sales tax, disproportionately affects women with lower incomes, including teens, since it is a higher percentage of their total income. This legislation would put medically-necessary feminine hygiene products within reach of young women in school and women in vulnerable and high-stress circumstances, such as shelters and emergency housing. These populations are most in need of access to a basic commodity that is vital for the healthy development of youth.

California pediatricians support AB 10 and thank you for your public service and leadership on behalf of the health and well-being of children, youth, and families in California.

Sincerely,

Kris Calvin


Chief Executive Officer
American Academy of Pediatrics, California

CC: Stuart Cohen, MD AAP-CA Chair; Lydia Bourne, AAP-CA Legislative Advocate; AAP-CA Leadership