The legislation would make products such as tampons and sanitary pads free for all women in Scotland, available at designated public places such as community centres, youth clubs and pharmacies.
Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has resigned from the Scottish National Party days after allegations of sexual misconduct.
Europe has been shaken by new political crises this year, with Catalan independence movement and Brexit raising fears that recent events may embolden separatists elsewhere on the continent.
Scotland's devolved government has shelved its immediate plans to hold a second independence referendum until after the terms of Britain's exit from the United Kingdom are clear.
The Scottish parliament voted 69-59 to back First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's call to ask the British government for an independence vote within the next two years. This vote could see Scotland eventually exit the United Kingdom
The Scottish government has demanded a new independence referendum from Britain after Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the start of Brexit on March 29.
Scotland may hold its second referendum on independence from the UK in 2019, five years after Scots rejected secession in a 2014 poll.
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