Several women in Arizona are now sending pads and tampons to a Republican state lawmaker who halted a bill to provide free and unlimited feminine hygiene products to female inmates, CNN confirmed.
The #LetItFlow campaign began on social media over this past weekend after Arizona state Representative Thomas Shope, chair of the House Rules Committee, held up the bill because the state’s Department of Corrections was altering its policy on the products.
The bill would allow female inmates in Arizona unlimited access to feminine hygiene products, and allocates $80,000 to provide the products at no cost to those incarcerated.
— Mary Santy (@AZactivist) February 11, 2018
Women began sharing photos of the tampons, pads and monetary donations on social media, to give example of the products they were sending to Shope.
Representative Athena Salman, who first introduced the bill, claimed that female inmates are only permitted 12 pads each month and are responsible for purchasing more if they happen to run out.
“This issue speaks to the basic dignity of being a woman,” Salman said at a committee hearing on the bill Tuesday, according to CNN. “By denying women additional pads and no free tampons, that is violating a woman’s dignity and that’s fundamentally wrong.”
Matthew Specht, spokesman for the House of Representatives Republican Caucus explained to CNN in a recent statement that they had not yet received the feminine hygiene products.
“If/when those come in, we’re exploring whether they can be donated to the Arizona Department of Corrections,” Specht explained to CNN. “If not, Representative Shope would like to donate them to a women’s shelter in his district.”
Specht also claimed that the Arizona Department of Corrections has decided to change the policy “to provide female inmates with sufficient feminine hygiene products.”
@TJShopeforAZ is holding #hb2222, bill allows inmates more than 12 poor-quality pads/period.
Send your pad/tampon donations here:
AZ DOC c/o TJ Shope
Room 204 AZ House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Tag a pic #LetItFlow pic.twitter.com/4DFqVckYfm
— Rebecca McHood (@RebeccaforAZ) February 10, 2018
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