This is a great thing. The BBC reports that the cost of these items can be upwards of £8 ($10.69) per month, and many people struggle to afford these basic things. The law also “enshrines in law the free provision of period products in schools, colleges and universities,” something already being done in Scotland but now fortified with legislation.
Meanwhile, Tennessee Repbulicanrs are fretting out loud about whether or not getting rid of the ludicrous sales tax applied to feminine hygiene products will lead to women buying boatloads of tampons. Why is this a problem? Because the same political party that gave away billions to the rich in tax cuts and subsidies says it’s afraid that states like Tennessee would be bankrupted if women were allowed to purchase—purchase, mind you—tampons without an added sales tax.
In November of 2018, Nevada became the tenth state to eliminate the sales tax on menstrual products. There are still a lot of states that do not consider these very basic hygiene products essentials or necessities.
Good job, Scotland. Maybe one day we can laugh about how uncivilized we were when you were so far ahead.