Wednesday, February 8, 2012

PA Vending Machine Provides "Morning-After" Pill; Shippensburg Univ. Has the Only One in the Nation

The Cybercast News Service website reports today (February 8, 2012) that students at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania can get the "morning-after" pill by sliding $25 into a vending machine -- an idea that has drawn the attention of federal regulators and raised questions of how accessible emergency contraception should be.

The student health center at Shippensburg -- a secluded public institution of 8,300 students tucked between mountain ridges in the Cumberland Valley -- provides the Plan B One Step emergency contraceptive in the vending machine along with condoms and pregnancy tests.

"I think it's great that the school is giving us this option," junior Chelsea Wehking said yesterday.

Shippensburg's vending machine is believed to be the only one in the United States to dispense the "morning-after" pill, which can prevent a woman from becoming pregnant if she takes it soon after having intercourse.