Quote 30 Jan 623 notes
Back in February, Shippensburg University landed in the national spotlight for installing what may have been the nation’s first Plan B vending machine — allowing students to receive the morning after pill by inserting $25 dollars into the machine in the nurse’s office, rather than potentially being forced to delay taking the pill by scheduling an appointment. Under FDA guidelines, Plan B is already available to everyone over the age of 17 without a prescription, so the university simply verified their rolls to make sure all of their students were above that age as well…. And after reviewing Shippensburg’s vending machine — which now requires students to swipe their IDs, an extra step to verify they attend the college and are above 17 years old — FDA officials have concluded there’s nothing wrong with expanding access to birth control in this way. “FDA looked at publicly available information about Shippenburg’s vending program and spoke with university and campus health officials and decided not to take any regulatory actions,” an agency official told Public Opinion. Dispensing birth control in vending machines helps make contraceptive methods directly available without an adult intermediary, which can make a big difference for the teens and young adults who may be too embarrassed to ask a nurse or a pharmacist about it.

#reproductive rights #birth control #politics #Pennsylvania

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