A Pennsylvania university has decided to make aborting your baby as easy as putting money in a vending machine. According to Time’s Healthland blog, Shippensburg University has a vending machine that sells the Plan B morning-after pill for $25, along with other items such as condoms and pregnancy tests.
According to the Associated Press, Shippensburg decided to install the machine after a survey of its students found that 85% of respondents were in favor of it. Peter Gigliotti, a spokesman for the college, told the AP that only students and university employees can access the machine, which is in the school’s health center. Students must check in at the lobby before being allowed in.
Dr. Roger Serr, Vice President of Student Affairs, said the machine’s primary purpose was “for privacy,” to make it more comfortable for the students to buy the pills. He told CBS that the school’s female population buys somewhere between 350 and 400 doses each year.
Exactly how “comfortable” it should be to buy these pills which can cause early abortions and may pose medical risks for the takers? Not only does dispensing them through a vending machine make abortion seem disturbingly casual, but it raises the likelihood that young women will take them without first seeking medical attention or receiving information about the risks.
Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America spoke out against the machine, as reported by LifeNews: “What I and thousands of the students SFLA serve find most outrageous about this story is that Shippensburg University has placed a higher priority on what they perceive to be politically correct than on the safety and well-being of their female students.”
“Shippensburg University’s decision to sell Plan B – an emergency contraception that results in the murder of pre-born children and one that touts a slew of harmful effects on women – in a vending machine on campus is reflective of how dangerous the disease of abortion has become,” she added.
Rather than dispensing a quick-fix which is both dangerous and life-ending, there are better services the school could be providing, which would be actually helpful to women in need. As Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president, pointed out to the AP, “It would be a much more productive use of funds if universities would partner with local pregnancy resource centers where students can get real help if they need it.”