Jan/26
2013

Vending Machine Birth Control

I don't get it. We've had vending machines selling condoms forever, so why the hullabaloo about contraception for women? Oh wait... I just answered that didn't I.

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration won't take any regulatory action over a vending machine at a Pennsylvania college that dispenses the morning-after pill.

FDA spokeswoman Erica Jefferson said Friday that officials looked at publicly available information about the Shippensburg University vending program, spoke with university and campus health officials, and decided no action was necessary.

The pill is available for $25 at a health center vending machine that's accessible to students and university employees. That raised questions about how accessible emergency contraception should be.

The vending machine at the school of about 8,300 students provides the Plan B One Step emergency contraceptive along with condoms, decongestants and pregnancy tests. Administrators said the idea for the machine came from a student survey and was endorsed by the student government.

So the guy forgets to buy rubbers, and so does the girl. The difference is, after a night of drunken revelry, the guy can just walk away while the girl can't. Thus it makes perfect sense to provide a means for the girl to remediate the situation (albeit not cheaply.)

Enough with the double standard America, if you don't like birth control, don't use it. If you don't like abortion, don't have one. But ffs, stop trying to enforce your religion and your morals on others. Leave women to make their own choices about what's best for them and their future. After all, they're the only ones who are truly invested.

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