Texas Statehouse Confiscating Tampons and Pads as Senate Debate on Abortion Begins

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July 12 2013 4:12 PM

Texas Statehouse Confiscating Tampons and Pads as Senate Debate on Abortion Begins

A woman handing a tampon and condom that were not allowed in Texas Senate gallery.
A woman handing over a tampon and condom that were not allowed in Texas Senate gallery.

Courtesy of Shelby Alexander/Twitter

If you are menstruating and headed to watch the Texas Senate debate the state’s now infamous abortion bill, put your super tampon in before entering the building. Word on Twitter, confirmed by Texas Tribune reporters, is that guards are [Update, July 12: Were!] confiscating all feminine products from entering visitors, apparently to stop pro-choice activists from throwing tampons and pads at the legislators, which maybe is something (funny) they would have done but I don’t know. So put 'em inside in advance, ladies. That goes for you pro-life activists too. We all bleed red.

Oh, and in case you were wondering:

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