feminine hygiene products | WOSU Radio

feminine hygiene products

Boxes of tampons are displayed in a pharmacy, Monday, March 7, 2016, in New York.
Mark Lennihan / Associated Press

Gov. Mike DeWine has signed into law a measure repealing Ohio's sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products.

Boxes of tampons are displayed in a pharmacy, Monday, March 7, 2016, in New York.
Mark Lennihan / Associated Press

A proposal repealing Ohio's sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products is headed to the governor.

Boxes of tampons are displayed in a pharmacy, Monday, March 7, 2016, in New York.
Mark Lennihan / Associated Press

A proposal repealing Ohio's sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products has cleared the Ohio House with unanimous support.

Boxes of tampons are displayed in a pharmacy, Monday, March 7, 2016, in New York.
Mark Lennihan / Associated Press

Columbus is expanding access to free tampons and pads to all municipal buildings. 

Volunteers at the Buren Shelter assemble bags of free tampons for shelter residents.
Esther Honig / WOSU

Columbus City Council voted Monday to provide free menstrual products at all the city's recreation centers.

In the second-floor girls' restroom at Bronx Prep Middle School in New York, there's a sign taped to the back of the toilet stall doors. It's a guide on how to "properly dispose feminine products." On the list? "Make sure that no one views or handles product."

"It's not even saying the word pad. It just says product!" explains Kathaleen Restitullo, 13. "Just, like, don't let anyone see that you are on your period."

Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Backers of new federal tax changes promised they would make taxes fairer for everyone. However, Statehouse Democrats say that’s not what happened, and they're pushing a tax reform plan of their own.

Volunteers at the Buren Shelter assemble bags of free tampons for shelter residents.
Esther Honig / WOSU

Democratic lawmakers in the Ohio House who have been pushing for years to eliminate sales tax for feminine hygiene products were finally able to get it through – and nearly unanimously. But this time, it was part of a larger tax related bill.

Volunteers at the Buren Shelter assemble bags of free tampons for shelter residents.
Esther Honig / WOSU

Backers of a bill that would exempt feminine hygiene supplies from the state sales tax say it’s simply not fair that women in Ohio are paying taxes on medical supplies they need.