College Vending Machine Doles Out Plan B, $25 a Pop

Shippensburg University makes emergency contraceptive easy to come by
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2012 11:23 AM CST
College Vending Machine Doles Out Plan B, $25 a Pop
The Plan B pill, also known as the 'morning after' pill, is displayed on a pharmacy shelf February 27, 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts.   (Getty Images)

Plan B can be quite controversial—but not at one Pennsylvania college, where students can buy the emergency contraceptive out of a vending machine. Granted, the vending machine in question is located inside the Shippensburg University health center, KTLA notes. One dose of the morning after pill costs $25.

"We had some conversations with them and they did a survey of the student body, and we got an 85% response rate that the students supported Plan B in the House Center," says a university VP. As for the vending machines, officials says they allow students to feel more comfortable when making their purchase. The VP noted that the university doesn't profit from any sales, and added that, "We were uncomfortable providing it for free because that would mean we were supporting Plan B with either state money or fee money." (Read more contraception stories.)

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