This bill would eliminate the sales tax normally imposed on tampons and other feminine hygiene products, providing expanded access to these necessary products for the millions of women in California.
AAP Positional Letter
December 14, 2016
The Honorable Cristina Garcia
California State Assembly
State Capitol, Suite 2013
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: AB 9 (Garcia) Sales and use taxes: exemption: sanitary napkins: tampons: menstrual sponges and menstrual cups
AAP-CA Position: Support
Dear Assemblymember Garcia:
The American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA) representing 5,000 California pediatricians strongly supports AB 9 (Garcia), a bill that would eliminate the sales tax normally imposed on tampons and other feminine hygiene products. AB 9 would provide expanded access to these necessary products for the millions of women in California.
Women currently pay over $20 million annually in sales taxes for tampons in California alone. These products are a necessity for women while other necessities for both genders are not similarly taxed (e.g., medical equipment and prescriptions), making this a matter of gender equality. Furthermore, the tax on tampons disproportionately affects women with lower incomes, including teens, since it is a higher percentage of their total income.
This legislation would reduce cost barriers to California women and girls in need of affordable access to a basic commodity that is vital for the healthy development of children. California pediatricians support AB 9 and thank you for your public service and leadership on behalf of the health and well-being of children, youth, and families in California.
CC: Stuart Cohen, MD AAP-CA Chair; Lydia Bourne, AAP-CA Legislative Advocate; AAP-CA Leadership