Free menstrual products still in process, but military provides free viagra

“. . .Martha Paynter, a Halifax-area nurse and advocate for women’s health, said she’s not shocked Viagra is free for Canadian Armed Forces members, while menstrual products are not.

‘Nothing shocks me about male privilege,’ Paynter said.

‘The way forward is to expand access to needed medications and health products for all.’

Paynter said the increasing attention on the need of menstrual products availability is long overdue.

‘I think the answer here, though, is to not demonize one group’s use of medication,’ Paynter said.

‘The answer here is to be compassionate, expansive and public-health oriented in funding more health products for these large sectors of our society.’

The regulatory process of changing the Canada Labour Code to reflect the government’s proposal will take between 18 to 24 months. With an expected federal election this October, a different government could stop the process. . . “

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Grace Szucs