The Daily Populous

Thursday April 6th, 2023 morning edition

image for Teens, experts say free period products in schools isn't 'woke' — it's necessary

Recently, Republican lawmakers in Idaho blocked a bill that would have made Idaho the sixteenth state to mandate schools provide period products to students.

Republican Rep. Barbara Ehardt took issue with the terms “period poverty” and “menstrual equity” used to describe the inability to access period products.

"They understand that (period products) are basic medical necessities, and the adults who are in positions of power are keeping (free access) from happening.”.

According to a 2021 national study, 1 in 5 teens say they can’t afford or don't have access to period products.

"Period poverty is defined as the inability to afford or access period products to manage your menstruation," Bedard says.

A reported 1 in 4 U.S. teens say they’ve missed time at school because they don't have access to period products.

Manasi Gajjalapurna, 17, goes to high school in California, where schools provide period products for free. »

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs bill repealing 1931 abortion ban

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill Wednesday repealing the state's nearly century-old abortion ban.

Last month, the state's House and Senate passed HB 4006, a single-sentence bill, which revokes the 1931 law that criminalized abortion.

Young and several other physicians involved in repealing Michigan's abortion ban were on hand to watch Whitmer sign the bill. »

Minnesota Could Become a Trans Sanctuary State

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The bill also protects families, trans people, and healthcare workers from extradition orders and legal repercussions associated with travel to Minnesota for care.

child's parent or guardian assisted the child in receiving gender-affirming care in this state must not be enforced in this state,” the bill says.

Minnesota would be the second state to pass transgender refuge legislation; last year, California became the first sanctuary state for trans people seeking care. »

Newlywed man killed after bride’s ex gifts them home theatre music system rigged with explosives

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A newlywed man and his brother died after a home theatre music system that they received as a wedding gift exploded in India's Chhattisgarh state.

The explosive-laden music system was allegedly gifted by the bride's ex-lover, who was livid about her getting married to another man, the police said.

Hemendra Merawi died on Monday in his house in the Kabirdham district as soon as he plugged in the music system. »