Utah’s Tampon Tax Bill Will Be Voted On By a Committee of Men
We’ve told you about the tampon tax before and how women are calling for it to be removed since getting our periods is nothing we asked for and can’t control. Utah, which is known for being conservative, is the latest state to make a decision regarding the tampon tax,
Today, a bill, which is sponsored by Utah state. Rep Susan Duckworth, will be introduced to a committee proposing the removal of taxes on tampons as well as other feminine hygiene products.
Also, because politics are the way they are, the bill will be voted on by a committee of all men.
As of right now, tampons and other feminine hygiene products are taxed by 40 states as “luxury goods.”
In an interview with the Associated Press, Susan Pitcher of Utah’s Women’s Coalition said, “Having a period is not a choice for women.”
President Obama, in a sit-down interview with YouTube personality, Ingrid Nilsen, shared his thoughts on the tampon tax, saying, “I have to tell you, I have no idea why states would tax these as luxury items…I suspect it’s because men were making the laws when those taxes were passed.”
It should be noted the states Pennsylvania and Minnesota no longer have a tampon tax.
In the bill, which Utah critics refer to as the “tampon bill,” Duckworth included making adult incontinence diapers and children’s diapers tax-free as well.
Duckworth said of the bill, ““I’m going into an all-male committee, and I just don’t believe they’re going to have sympathy.”
“The chances of it getting out of committee are probably not very good, but I’m not going to give up on it.”
In some twist of fate, we hope the committee passes the bill.