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A new bill, introduced in the California State Assembly by Democrat Cristina Garcia and co-authored by Republican Ling Ling Chang, would make tampons sales tax-free in the state. The measure isn’t unprecedented in the U.S. though. New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota have all made sure sanitary products aren’t taxed.

“This is not insignificant to women, especially poor women on a tight budget who struggle to pay for basic necessities like a box of tampons or pads every month for their adult life,” Garcia wrote in a Facebook post yesterday.

Most women in the U.S. use tampons and the cost definitely adds up over the course of a monthly three to seven-day period. While the proposed bill wouldn’t completely eliminate the inflated cost of being a woman, it would certainly help to alleviate the financial burden women bear.

While saving money on necessary hygiene products sounds great, Garcia highlights the fact that taxes are a hardship for women living in poverty in particular. Passing this bill could save women in Cali serious cash. But what about women across the country and overseas who still pay sales taxes on sanity products? Shouldn’t tampons be tax free across the globe?

As Garcia put it, “If we can’t make them free, we should at least make them more affordable.”

Fervent applause.

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  • Mary Burrell

    If the government doesn’t care about reproductive rights and health of women why would it care about feminine hygiene products being accessible to them.?

  • trueletterson*[email protected]

    Just another slick stunt to buy votes, it’s comical but it just might work.

    • Jo ‘Mama’ Besser

      What’s slick about it?

    • trueletterson*[email protected]

      if you don’t know, it’s no sense in me trying to enlighten you!

    • Jo ‘Mama’ Besser

      Yeah, affordable women’s health care legislation is just a plot cooked up by sexless WNBA robots in a ploy to destroy the black family. How could I have missed that?

  • Zorino

    The joy of womanhood.

    Canada and France have both passed a similar bill. It’s only right.

  • Rizzo

    they should be free

  • mywordsaremypower

    In the UK we had this same debate. There are things that are tax-free which really should not be as they are not necessities . Me bleeding every month is not a luxury I can tell you that. this is what happens when you leave men have full control over rights for women’s bodies. Tampons are dangerous and the thought of using them scares me. In the UK they have to give the money they tax to women’s charities. Either way I still think that is dodgy the UK government is very shady especially with that Pig fucker (David Cameron) and his henchman (George Osborne) in charge.