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Shippensburg University To Offer Plan B Contraception From Vending Machine

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (CBS) – At Shippensburg University, students can now get more than snacks from a vending machine.

The college is now making the “morning after” pill available through a vending machine.

The “Plan B” emergency contraception can be obtained through a vending machine in the health center and each dose costs $25.

University officials say they will not make any money from the sales.

“The machine is really used as much for privacy as anything else,” Dr. Roger Serr, Vice President of Student Affairs said.

The pill can be legally sold over-the-counter to anyone 17 years of age or older.

Plan B contains hormones which are meant to disrupt ovulation or prevent fertilization from occurring.

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One Comment

  1. ShipStudent12 says:

    Just to clear up some inconsistencies:

    This machine is not new. It has been on campus for 2 years and before now, no one has ever had an issue with it – at least not enough to bring it to the public eye.
    This is not a vending machine sitting on campus where anyone can see as if it is a soda or snack machine. It is a machine in the back of the health center that cannot be reached without first checking in with a nurse and providing school Identification.
    It is not something that simply “dispenses the pills like candy.” The pills are dispensed in the same packaging they come in when bought over the counter. College students know how to read and can easily read the included side effects just as they can with any other medicine.
    This is not a time-period when the pharmacists are the only ones knowledgable about a product – We can just as easily research something online.

    It is sad how little faith older generations have in our generation…

  2. Mark says:

    All religion is false and the only people against these types of things are religious people who think their chosen myth trumps civil liberty.

  3. luxomni says:

    Shippensburg – Do they still call it Shippensburg State Teacher’s College? Naw, they call it a university now even though it doesn’t really meet all the criteria. They’re all universities now. But these are tomorrow’s teachers. The people to whom you will trust your children. Plan B does not imply good judgement.

    1. AshleyL says:

      Those studying to be teachers only make up a small percentage of Shippensburg University students. The college has not been called a Teacher’s College in many years…

  4. Planned Feticide says:

    Vended abortifacients…

    What’s next?

    Medical textbook-guided bookstore staff performing abortions in the student union?

  5. Johnny says:

    I think this is a great idea, I saw this is Europe where they also sell condoms. Why would anyone want to encourage individuals to have children that they dont want? Regardless of whether were irresponsible to get pregnant, it would also be irresponsible to have a child when you are incapable to provide for one or do not want one. Children who are brought in to household where they are not wanted they are more likely to be neglected and this tends to result in them then going on government welfare programs. Two wrongs/ irresponsible decisions dont make it right. If you want a leaner and more efficient america then you want to get rid of the unwanted people who are prone to become degenerates and weights on societies progress.

    1. Stinky says:

      Why not install gumball machines filled with these pills in every lobby on campus?

    2. Carol says:

      EVERY child is wanted by SOMEONE. Ever heard of adoption? There are no unwanted people, only ignorant people.

      1. Mark says:

        Talk about ignorant…

        Adoption does not have the capacity to take care of every abandoned child in the world. That’s an obvious fact. Also, day after pill is in no way an immoral act and the only reason you could believe otherwise is because of religious belief. I’ll stick with facts, you stick with myths, and we’ll see how it works out.

      2. Amanda says:

        It;s for the day after sex, and it takes 4 to 6 days for conception to occur, so at most, all there is, is an egg and sperm, no where near coming together to make a baby.

  6. tod schwarze says:

    imagine how much money one can save, if they dont shtup a lot or get pregnant?
    Pregnancy is the most avoidable condition on the planet,

    1. PolitiPorn says:

      Actually, is it really that avoidable? Think about it, Mary never had sex and Christians believe that God magically made her pregnant. What’s to say he wouldn’t do it again? He is the almighty afterall.

      1. Things happen when you black out says:

        I am christian, and this was funny! I think i ASU needs this on every corner

  7. emailchriscary says:

    Pass the tin-foil hats out, the Drudge bots have shown up.

    1. Carol says:

      So intelligent – just what I would expect from the other side – nothing but name calling. Put up a post about why you think this a good idea.

  8. Grant Smith says:

    Trendy. Then again you bunch of fools are going to try to elect Mitt Romney-care while out of the other side of your mouth bad talking Barack Obama-care so I wouldn’t expect any less. Be proud of your foolishness, keep your chin up and be proud. Be aware that the rest of the world sees you as a bunch of morons.

    1. Grant Smith says:

      Forgive me for generalizing, it’s not fair to paint all Americans with the same brush. A good lot of Americans are wonderful people, in fact in my experience I’ve rarely met anyone more generous and neighborly than your average American.

  9. Carol says:

    Grieving – grieving for the loss of innocence. I am product of the sexual revolution in the 70’s, my generation embraced everything that was not “accepted.” I thought at some point in time we would grow up and embrace values. Truth is these girls will be doing irreparable harm to their bodies, psyches and lives. God help us all for allowing this.

  10. Caremen Childers says:

    Whatever happened to plan A?

    1. Shells says:

      It broke.

      1. Carol says:

        You mean your self-control – sad – no discipline, planning or self-esteem

    2. Stinky says:

      Ask Amy Winehouse.

  11. rawheadrex says:

    Why do visions of product liability lawyers licking their chops dance in my head.

    1. Oh boy says:

      Yes. Wait til these girls experience the severe cramping and nausea. No one will warn these girls they will be sick for a few days as their hormones try to balance and their body cope.

      This is wrong. A doctor or atleast an RN should prescribe and give the warnings.

  12. Alvin Marcott says:

    eternal damnation has never been so easy and accessible!!! what convenience!

    1. B says:

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Note: I am laughing at your clear misunderstanding and ignorance of scientific fact and not at your poor attempt at humor.

  13. Vicki says:

    HAS nothing to do with religion, you idiot! This sort of hormone pill has lots of side effects if taken like if it was candy! Making this available will only encourage girls to have more sex without protection which can lead to other diseases and possible long-term effects to fertility! Don’t you think that girls worry more about getting pregnant than getting an STD or some other gynecological problem? More than that, they don’t worry about any of this at all when they have sex.

    YOUR kind of thinking is what is getting our young people and our healthcare system into a world of more problems! Stop being so stupid!

    1. lewr2 says:

      What gets young people into trouble isn’t telling the truth about what this is. Opening your legs before responsible is more likely the culprit. Also, parents who don’t do their job as they should. Also, govt. who says it’s perfectly acceptable to do these things and then ENCOURAGES them to do it!

  14. Disgusted says:

    Maybe the Mayans WERE right…..

  15. sandiego1969 says:

    … and people say kids attending Shippensburg University don’t learn anything.

  16. 2012Appocalypse says:

    Will they be dispensing SOMA also?

    “Brave new world”, read, learn and weep

    1. adam says:

      SOMA is so passe. Special K and ecstacy are the way.

      Also, Yale is having a feely next week too:

      It’s as if liberals read BNW, and didn’t recognize it was a tragedy of the human spirit.

    2. Mark says:

      I wonder what you’ll say when 2013 rolls around… then 2014… 2015..2016..

  17. Islam LOVES your unborn says:

    Plan C is in the works now which involves a “state official” coming to your home and punching your pregnant daughter in the stomach. Do not worry about payment as a portion of your federal taxes supporting “OBAMA-CARE” should cover the expense.

    1. JohnDave says:

      This made me chuckle. Very good! At least though, the universities aren’t trying to make it mandatory and paid for by taxes. The Obonzo machine has no sense, no morals, and no chance of getting reelected. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

      1. Tim Haile says:

        “Praising the Lord and passing the ammunition” may by our only remaining recourse!

  18. denver bill says:

    “The machine is really used as much for privacy as anything else,” Dr. Roger Serr, Vice President of Student Affairs said.

    Yeah, because everyone knows you have a lot of privacy at a vending machine on a college campus.

  19. Lilypad says:

    We have reduced the value of life to a $25 debit charge. Americans pay more for their AKC puppies or a tank of gas.

    1. John Fox says:

      The pill prevents fertilization or prevents attachment to the uterine walls, it does not abort a fetus that has already connected to the uterine walls. It only works if taken within three days, and is most effective if taken immediately. After 4 days, a fertilized egg only has around 16 cells, hardly a human life.

      There are a small minority that feel that life begins at fertilization. They don’t have to buy it, and have no right to force their will upon others.

      1. asdasd says:

        But life begins at conception. God is pro abortion.

      2. JohnF says:

        Actually John, it is not up to you or me to determine when life begins. We do not define truth. It begins when ever it begins and our opinions have no bearing on that. Since no one can prove what human life is or when it starts it is the right of the state to protect that life. It is akin to a hunter shooting at a bush because he thinks a deer is in it, even though he doesn’t know for certain. The state can forbid that and rightly so. What is in the bush is in the bush and the hunter’s opinion of the matter is irrelevent.

      3. JohnF says:

        “There are a small minority that feel that life begins at fertilization. ”

        Not quite John, I’m not sure where you get that. Below is a link to an international poll that says 23% of people believe life starts at conception. That’s internationally, I’d say that is much higher in the US.

    2. alang says:

      Coming from the same side of the board that celebrated the death of a man who tried to steal a cell phone. The pork you eat hat the intellectual capacity of a three year old.

      1. JohnF says:

        Hardly alang, do you always lump everybody you disagree with into one homgenous group?

  20. Over and Done says:

    We’re no longer on the “slippery slope” we are OVER it and headed to the bottom. Enjoy the crash!

    1. Mark says:

      When social conservatives are screaming apocalypse that means someone is now living with more freedom.

  21. Lillith Goby says:

    Dumb girls of today who have bought into the free love idea and service the boys without making them pay the $25 up front. Asking them the day after, one might find that the noble knight has just forgotten he never knew you, having just met the night before in the local tavern.

    Or maybe the guys will foot the bill and pull out at the opportune moment like they used to the condom in the wallet. STD time, no condoms? The dems ought to get in on this, tsk, tsk discussion?

    One thing hasn’t changed, it is the girl who pays, just as Bill Clinton’s use of a young intern bears her name and shame, not his.

  22. Yippppeeeee! says:

    Not too worry about stress from class work and making the grade. Now, everyone will get laid. Best stress reliever known to man kind.

    1. Z1 says:

      Sounds real good, but what is this new push for anti pregnancy pills??
      Anyone else noticing this uptick

      We are in some interesting time

  23. lukuj says:

    These are going to be overused and, in a few years, they are going to discover there are serious health side effects. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if it is eventually found they cause infertility, cysts, endometriosis, or worse. Once again we are encouraging people to be irresponsible rather than actually planning ahead or using self-control. 10 years from now those same people will be screaming when they are sick or can’t have kids because of these pills.

  24. Steve Roberts says:

    This is outrageous. I mean, shouldn’t the govt. be paying that $25? Charging students is a violation of their human rights to have unprotected sex whenever and wherever without any consequences whatsoever.

    1. Lilypad says:

      Don’t worry Steve…this will be covered under federal medical insurance plans so students will be able to claim it as a medical tax deduction. I am sure every church-affiliated college or university will now be required to provide these machines on their campuses or face losing federal student loan money.

  25. big air says:


  26. Blatz says:

    Beer vending machines are not far off. Had them in Japan for decades.


    1. Mark Langley says:

      So what? That has nothing to do with this. This is going to get worse when some guy slips one of these pills in a girl’s drink who he’s been sleeping with, without her knowledge. Liberals will give it the big shoulder shrug, though. After all, the world just dodged another baby.

  27. Tom Gill says:

    Unbelievable. I am convinced the apocalypse is near. Ugh. How we have lost out cultural, spiritual and economic standing is no surprise. I am just going start preparing my family for the inevitable collapse of this country by getting all of these items on this website:
    Hopefully that is enough to save us..

    1. FROGGER says:

      Wow you really bought into that?

      1. Mark says:

        It’s so funny.

    2. asdasd says:

      I thought you believed that Jesus was supposed to save you.

  28. Ditsy Schlutz says:

    That’s an awesome idea. If these pills are safe, this will totally prove it.

  29. Adam says:

    How many goodly creatures are there here!
    How beauteous mankind is!
    O brave new world,
    That has such people in it!

  30. Steve says:

    How is giving women a greater chance for breast cancer (via emergency contraception) supposed to build up their dignity?

  31. Clumbaby says:

    Bravo Shippensburg! I am happy to see that religious dogma hasn’t clouded your judgement.

  32. Eric says:

    How can they get around the regulation of asking for ID (to verify the patient is >17 y.o.) with this in a vending machine?

    1. William Hofmeister says:

      Excellent point. I would assume their answer would be it is only accessible to their students and they are all 17 or over. The reality is they probably don’t care. Funny, we had to get rid of cigarette vending machines because of underage use. Guess actually killing a child is different than just affecting one’s health.

      1. Carol says:

        Love it!

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