So, one of these days, the title above got me curious (click on it to see the news article on its original location).
It seems that a University in Pennsylvania – Shippensburg University, 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, decongestants and pregnancy tests.
The article goes on telling a lot of different opinions, and how the vending machine is only accessible to students that check in before entering the health clinic premises, but still… is it a good idea to make it this accessible?
I know some people and I’ve heard a lot of cases of couples using the morning-after pill as birth control, so, how can we really control it when it’s as simple as putting $25 on a vending machine? Yes, probably a lot of young women are embarrassed to go to a health clinic or drug store and ask for it, and I’m sure there are some cases that the use of this pill is exactly for what it was made to be… But really? A vending machine?
I think a better way to help women who need morning-after pills is to raise awareness and help them realize they don’t need to be ashamed.