In California, there are two lawmakers that are trying to pass a bill in which state sales tax is removed from all feminine hygiene items. The lawmakers, Ling Ling Chang and Cristina Garcia, are saying that feminine hygiene items should be considered a medical necessity for women, rather than a matter of personal hygiene. They argued that it is unfair that Viagra isn’t taxed, but necessary menstrual products are taxed.
There was a recent study that calculated that women are spending up to $3,300 in sales tax over the course of their lifetime buying feminine hygiene products. Chang and Garcia’s hope for this bill is that medical insurance will eventually start to cover all of a woman’s expenses for her menstrual products.
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