FDA Allows Vending Machine to Dispense Morning-After-Pill

After an investigation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided not to take any regulatory action over a vending machine at a Pennsylvania college that dispenses the morning-after pill.

The Associated Press is reporting that FDA spokeswoman Erica Johnson said officials spoke with university and campus health officials at Shippensburg University about a health center vending machine that is dispensing emergency contraception for $25. FDA official decided no action was necessary.

Plan B One-Step emergency contraception is being dispensed from the machine along with condoms, decongestants and pregnancy tests. The idea for the machine came from students and was endorsed by the student government.

Currently, the morning after pill is only available over the counter to women age 17 or older. A prescription is required for anyone under the age of 17.

Popular Catholic blogger Matthew Archbold was not impressed with either the FDA or the idea behind the vending machine.

“When you don’t have time, abortion on the go for $25 is key to a successful college experience,” he mocked.

More seriously, he asks: “Why would any parent send their child to a college that is so cavalier about death?”

A commenter named Larry D. on Archbold’s blog made his own tongue-in-cheek remark:  “Does Sandra Fluke know about this? I mean, why should college students be forced to spend their own $25 on an abortion pill just because their tax-payer funded contraception didn’t work? Doesn’t seem fair to me.”

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