Towson University Considers Putting Emergency Birth Control In Vending Machines

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)—Birth control through a vending machine. That’s what one local university is looking to do after seeing it at another campus.

Monique Griego has more on the controversial plan.

The vending machine would sell Plan B, also known as the Morning After Pill. But not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

Cookies, chips and soda are commonly found in vending machines. But how about birth control?

Health leaders at Towson University are looking to make Plan B, also known as the Morning After Pill, available in a vending machine at the student health center.

Their move comes after Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania installed one.

“If we can remove barriers to a very useful method of protection and reduce pregnancies in student population, that is something we’re committed to doing,” said Jane Halpern, Student Health Services.

Plan B can be taken after sex to prevent pregnancy. It does not work if you’re already pregnant.

It’s currently available over-the-counter to anyone over the age of 17.

“It’s like buying condoms. People are embarrassed to buy condoms, so they don’t and you end up needing Plan B,” said Alexandra Lyons, student.

Right now students have to make an appointment to get Plan B.

Halpern believes the machine will increase privacy.

“If I really had to talk to a nurse, yeah I’d do it. But now if it is in the vending machine then it’s a lot easier,” said Christian Fangio, student.

Health leaders want to make it clear the vending machine will not be out here in the open. It will be inside the health center and students would have to check in to use it.

“I don’t think it will be a good idea. I think kids would just keep going to it,” said Nicole Hughes, student.

“I feel like it just needs to be more of a conversation than ‘I’m just going to go get a bag of chips’ type thing,” said Alaina Briceland-Betts, student.

Halpern says she expected some backlash, but remains focused on her mission.

“The goal is to prevent unwanted pregnancy, ” she  said.

The vending machine would sell Plan B for $25 a pill. But once again, the university is just considering the idea. So far nothing has been officially approved.

Because the Plan B vending machines have gotten so much attention, the FDA is now looking at the issue.

  • Robert

    How many Towson students get pregnant each year?

  • Crystal

    NO. I wouldn’t eveb recommend using it. I used it back in 2010 to prevent pregnancy when condoms failed and I wound up pregnant anyway. Not only that, I lost my baby because he had 2 heart defects and an extreme amount of water on the brain. I have had 3 normal pregnancies prior to this pregnancy and they baby had no disorders (I.e. NO Down Syndrome or any other chromosomal disorder).

    Also, this would be encouraging girls to have sex because now they have easy access to this.

  • happyjack

    Put the machines in the ghettos, they need it the corn row bunch.

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  • The Grump

    “People are embarrassed to buy condoms, so they don’t and you end up needing Plan B,” said Alexandra Lyons”

    Uh, wrong. People (guys) don’t buy condoms because you can’t feel a thing through a condom. It may be good for the girl, but it ruins the experience for the guy, although most guys will not admit it (and risk being cut off from sex).

    Other than that, vending machine contraception is a good idea – in Japan, and here in the USA too.

    Now about the beer vending machines – let’s get MD out of the iron fisted alcohol control business, and get those beer vending machines out there.

  • Erica

    I don’t think this is such a good idea. People are just going to be too dependent on it; if you’re going to use Plan B as your one and only method of preventing pregnancy you need a reality check. And an added benefit of using protection is that it helps prevent you from getting any STD’s…unless you think they’re fun or whatever, but that’s a whole different top.

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