Middle and high schools now required to provide free menstrual products to students

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill on Wednesday that requires schools to provide free menstrual products to students in grades 6-12.
“When students can’t access the menstrual products they need for their reproductive health, the potential stress and stigma too often distracts them from their classes or forces them to skip school entirely – leading to social and academic repercussions that no one should have to face,” the governor wrote in a statement.
The law requires all public schools in the state to supply the products in at least half of the female and gender-neutral bathrooms.
The legislation also requires the state to periodically assess whether the program is meeting the needs of menstruating students. If deemed necessary, the Department of Education can then issue a recommendation to expand the program to students below the sixth grade.
A 2021 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that one in four teens in the United States struggle to afford menstrual products.