Really, a ‘Morning After Pill’ Vending Machine?

February 7, 2012  |  

There’s pretty much no reason for anyone to accidentally get pregnant these days, particularly on Pennsylvania University’s campus, unless students are just being totally reckless.

In case anyone on the campus passed up the condom aisle at Walgreens or decided to take a risk and go raw one night, they can now obtain Plan B, also known as the morning after pill, from a vending machine located in the campus health center.

According to NewsOne, Roger Serr, Vice President for Student Affairs, says the machine was installed after a request from the student association and a follow-up survey found that 85 percent of students supported it.

Plan B, which is already available without a prescription to girls 17 and older, isn’t covered or subsidized by the school. Students are charged $25 for the pill, which is the school’s cost to the pharmaceutical company, and less than what pharmacies off-campus charge. In addition to the emergency contraceptive, students can also purchase condoms, decongestant, and pregnancy tests from the machine.

I guess if access to preventive methods is a big issue in the Shippensburg, PA, area then the campus has that covered.

What do you think about this method? Is it progressive or too casual of a way to deal with something so serious?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    It’s a good thing and bad thing. Quicker access to it but then it promotes “well we don’t need a condom, we can just run to the plan b machine in the morning. . . “

  • Ellesavant

    I think it will be interesting to see if there is an increase in STD rates on that campus a few years from now. 

    • Stephlogic

      I have to say, that is a kind of ignorant statement. STD rates increase when people do not have access/ are not educated about safe sexual practices. They are college age adults, and they will have sex regardless. The addition on this machine will not make people want to have sex. This just bothers me because thoughts such as these wrongfully sway popular opinions. Similarly to how in the 80’s an Eastern European country banned abortion and in comparison to the United States, their rate of abortion sky rocketed, where as the abortion rate in America decreased. When we are close minded and restrictive, we encourage risky behaviors.  

  • Candacey Doris

    Sounds good to me. Every campus should have one. I know girls who got abortions because they were too embarrassed to be seen at the pharmacy. Made no sense to me, but this can help with the less logical students.

  • tastythoughts

    i wish kids would be more responsible….my only issue with this vending machine is that you can only take this pill up to a certain times a year….its not meant for every reckless sexual encounter…as long as the kids are educated then i say go for it 

  • ElvisWasAHero2Most

    I can see our pro-life friends shaking their fists with anger…

    As one who isn’t too far removed from school, I have vivid memories of my glory days, running down to the lobby to grab a handful of condoms (even though I’d only need 2 a semester) when the moment got hot.  I wonder would things have been different if my school had a plan B vending machine.  

    One backlash that is foreseeable is an increase in the STD rate.  I don’t know if it’s just me, or other guys think this way as well, but my priority when having sex is making sure I don’t birth a seed… I guess that has been my priority because I’ve always assumed since dealing with college educated women, I won’t have to worry about an STD… which yes I know, is stupid as all hell.  However, if these pills are readily accessible, the need for a condom will likely decrease.  Kids will get in the heat of the moment and not worry about a condom since they can avoid that baby the morning after.  Sounds problematic.     

    • sweettea

      Morning after pill is only effective 85% of the time says so right on the box. Thats about the same rate as pulling out and we all know what happens when you depend on that

  • Liish

    I support this. If you are in college (which despite your age gives you a bit of a boost into adulthood) and grown enough to be having sex (protected or raw), you are grown enough to go ahead to deal with this vending machine. For those who don’t support it, they don’t have to use it. The convenience factor alone makes this a good idea. You have all of what, 72 hours to take plan B after unprotected sex? If the school clinic isn’t open and you don’t have means to get to a pharmacy or $40 its helpful to have that option available as soon as possible. Plus there are condoms and pregnancy test? Seem pretty full service to me. I know some people will say this advocates whatever reckless behavior, but that behavior is going to happen anyway, best to prepare.

    • famurattler85

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • F3ral Anarchy

    sounds like a great idea to me.  i guess MN didnt take into account we are talking about a college campus where kids ARE pretty reckless and rapes occur. 

  • sweettea

    Sounds like a good idea to me. In college theres alot of opportunity for ‘mistakes’ as far as drinking and casual sex and they are charging way less then planned parenthood