School Dispenses Plan B from Vending Machine

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Getting the "morning after" pill is as easy as going to a vending machine at one university in Pennsylvania.

Shippensburg University's Etter Health Center is now dispensing Plan B -- along with condoms, decongestants and pregnancy tests -- at a convenient vending machine.

The machine was installed after a student survey revealed overwhelming support of the idea. Eighty-five percent of respondents said it would be beneficial.

For only a short walk and $25, students have access to the emergency contraception at just about any time of day.

The school's idea is raising new concern of how accessible emergency contraception should be.

Federal law allows Plan B without a prescription to anyone 17 or older. University officials claim they made sure every student at the school is legally able to get the drug.

Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman Stephanie Yao said the agency is contacting state officials and the university for details on the vending machine.

Shippensburg is a small-town public university with about 8,300 students.

Pro-lifers consider Plan B an abortion pill because, if taken within 72 hours of intercourse, it can prevent pregnancy.

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