The Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Bill passed the first of three stages by a vote of 112-0. There was one abstention. It will now move to the second stage, where amendments can be proposed.
If enacted, the legislation will make sanitary pads and tampons available for free in select public places such as pharmacies and community centers, effectively ending "period poverty."
According to Plan International UK:
42% of UK girls have had to use makeshift period products because they struggle to afford menstrual products
1 in 10 girls in the UK are unable to afford period products
27% of UK girls have used a period product for longer than its intended use because they couldn't afford a fresh one
The annual cost is projected to be $31.2 million (24.1 million pounds).
Monica Lennon, a Scottish Parliament member, initially proposed the bill in 2017. And in 2018, Scotland became the first country to make free sanitary products available across the country in schools, including colleges and universities.