Tampon Gate: Security confiscates tampons from Texas abortion bill protesters

By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com   |   July 13, 2013 at 2:28 PM   |   Comments

July 13 (UPI) -- Tampons and other feminine hygiene products were confiscated from people gathered at the Texas Capitol to protest a controversial abortion bill Texas Senators approved Friday.

The Senate's sergeant at arms instructed Texas Department of Public Safety officials to confiscate all paper goods such as magazines, receipts, feminine pads and tampons from people being let into the gallery to observe and protests the vote, the Texas Tribune reported.

"The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today received information that individuals planned to use a variety of items or props to disrupt legislative proceedings at the Texas Capitol," read a statement from the Texas DPS.

"Therefore for safety purposes, DPS recommended to the Texas Senate that all bags be inspected prior to allowing individuals to enter the Senate gallery, which the Texas Senate authorized.

"During these inspections, DPS officers have thus far discovered one jar suspected to contain urine, 18 jars suspected to contain feces, and three bottles suspected to contain paint. All of these items -- as well as significant quantities of feminine hygiene products, glitter and confetti possessed by individuals -- were required to be discarded; otherwise those individuals were denied entry into the gallery."

Upon learning about the "ridiculous" prohibition of feminine hygiene products in the gallery, Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, spoke to the sergeant-at-arms and DPS officers were told to allow people to bring in the products.

The temporary confiscation of tampons caused a backlash on Twitter from opponents of the bill like Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards.

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