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College vending machine dispenses 'morning-after' pill
msnbc.msn.com ^ | 02/08/2012 | Associated Press

Posted on 02/08/2012 11:35:33 AM PST by massmike

Students at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania can get the "morning-after" pill by sliding $25 into a vending machine, an idea that has drawn the attention of federal regulators and raised questions about how accessible emergency contraception should be.

The machine has been in place for about two years, and its existence wasn't widely known until recently. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is contacting state officials and the university to gather facts, agency spokeswoman Stephanie Yao said Tuesday.

Consumers have long been able to insert a few coins for the likes of aspirin, ibuprofen, antacids and other common over-the-counter remedies. But some experts see a worrisome trend in making drugs like Plan B, which is kept behind the pharmacy counter, available in a vending machine.

Taking Plan B within 72 hours of rape, condom failure or just forgetting regular contraception can cut the chances of pregnancy by up to 89 percent. It works best if taken within 24 hours. Some religious conservatives consider the emergency contraceptive tantamount to an abortion drug.

Rob Maher, a professor at the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy in Pittsburgh, said he had never heard of a vending machine dispensing Plan B, but noted that there have been vending machines in doctor's offices, and even a specialized machine designed to fill prescriptions. Still, he questioned whether the machine would make it possible for a young person to buy the drug without discussing their risk factors with a health care professional.

Said Anna Franzonello, counsel to Americans United For Life: "Students at Shippensburg University deserve better than to have their administration represent the potent drug with life-ending potential as no more harmful than any other vending machine item."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: abortiondrug; morningafterpill

1 posted on 02/08/2012 11:35:37 AM PST by massmike
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To: massmike

Why are we in this handbasket and why is it so hot?


2 posted on 02/08/2012 11:39:15 AM PST by Rightly Biased (Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?)
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To: massmike

...all I wanted was some M&Ms...


3 posted on 02/08/2012 11:41:03 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: WayneS
...all I wanted was some M&Ms..

...and what you got was more like some D&Cs...

4 posted on 02/08/2012 11:43:39 AM PST by Crusher138 ("Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just")
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To: Rightly Biased

How about guys getting them and slipping it to a pregnant girl to avoid paternity problems?????


5 posted on 02/08/2012 11:44:19 AM PST by BillM (.)
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To: BillM

From what I’ve seen trolling on some women’s sites, this stuff is pretty much as essential as lipstick and eye shadow for most 18-25 yr olds.


6 posted on 02/08/2012 11:49:38 AM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: massmike

Great...send your daughter to this school and she is automatically enrolled in “Slut 101”, regardless of her major.


7 posted on 02/08/2012 11:59:59 AM PST by montag813
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To: BillM
How about guys getting them and slipping it to a pregnant girl to avoid paternity problems?????

Yeah...do frat houses have vending machines with combo packs of "roofies" and Plan B for $50?

8 posted on 02/08/2012 12:02:28 PM PST by montag813
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To: Rightly Biased

Time to print up the “Go Ahead & Kill the Little Baby” stickers, complete with a photo, and plaster them all over these machines.

The Save the Babies ninjas will strike in the dark of night!


9 posted on 02/08/2012 12:07:01 PM PST by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: massmike

The thing that keeps getting glossed over is that the effects of this drug are no walk in the park. It induces, in effect, a miscarriage, with all of the attendant medical issues associated. Many, perhaps most, young women have no idea of what they’re getting into with this thing.

Putting it in a vending machine is a perfect example of the callousness of these people: they don’t even pretend to care about the baby, and they have proved, through actions like this, that they certainly don’t care about the woman, either.


10 posted on 02/08/2012 12:11:04 PM PST by absalom01 (You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less.)
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To: massmike

The thing that keeps getting glossed over is that the effects of this drug are no walk in the park. It induces, in effect, a miscarriage, with all of the attendant medical issues associated. Many, perhaps most, young women have no idea of what they’re getting into with this thing.

Putting it in a vending machine is a perfect example of the callousness of these people: they don’t even pretend to care about the baby, and they have proved, through actions like this, that they certainly don’t care about the woman, either.


11 posted on 02/08/2012 12:11:11 PM PST by absalom01 (You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less.)
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To: BillM

I have a friend that his wife gives his 15 year old stepdaughter one every weekend.

I just don’t get it.


12 posted on 02/08/2012 12:12:27 PM PST by Rightly Biased (Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?)
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To: BillM

How about guys keeping it in their shorts and saving twenty five bucks,


13 posted on 02/08/2012 12:22:59 PM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: montag813
I think a lot of that is part of college life. When I was that age someone showed me where to put the peep sight in case I needed to shoot charlie. But I already knew it. Just like these college students.
14 posted on 02/08/2012 12:28:55 PM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: Rightly Biased
Holy sh!t, thats sick!

Why can't people just practice a bit of disipline and self-respect and just keep their damn pants on! Honesty, the STD rate must be thru the roof in the general population.

15 posted on 02/08/2012 12:30:36 PM PST by NakedRampage (Puttin' the "stud" in Bible study)
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To: BillM
"How about guys getting them and slipping it to a pregnant girl to avoid paternity problems?????"

Get your can-openers!

First they open a can of worms,

then the girl or her daddy will open a can of "Whup A**"

once the guy is found out.

Next, a right to life hacker will hit these vending machines to replace the "morning after" pills with ones that turn your hair green and your face purple.

Makes you think of slippery slopes and the GEICO Little Piggie going "WHEEEEE...WHEEEE....WHEEEE!

To quote that eminent FR philosopher, Rightly Biased,"Why are we in this handbasket and why is it so hot?"

16 posted on 02/08/2012 12:36:30 PM PST by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: Rightly Biased
I guess they don't want grandchildren...ever.

Taking those pills a few times can mess up your system. Taking them on a regular basis can leave you with major endocrine problems which lead to other major problems.

Since the girl is 15 I would put this down as child abuse.

17 posted on 02/08/2012 12:43:49 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (In the good times praise His name, In the bad times do the same, In everything give thanks)
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18 posted on 02/08/2012 12:58:27 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: absalom01

And yet they panicked over Gardisol.


19 posted on 02/08/2012 12:59:45 PM PST by altura
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To: NakedRampage

Yeah I agree and I have told my friend he needs to MAN UP but I don’t know if he will.

It makes me sad I have 3 daughters and I can’t even imagine.


20 posted on 02/08/2012 1:35:22 PM PST by Rightly Biased (Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?)
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To: massmike

21 posted on 02/08/2012 1:37:39 PM PST by AnalogReigns (because REALITY is never digital...)
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To: BwanaNdege

The WHOOP ASS goes a long way

Teenage boys hate to come on my porch.

I have an antique scyth (the big one like the grim reaper carries) hanging on the porch with notches in the handle and I scribbled boys names next to the notches...

it works.


22 posted on 02/08/2012 1:49:15 PM PST by Rightly Biased (Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?)
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To: Rightly Biased

Have them watch the Trunk Monkey - Chaperone Edition video while waiting to take your daughter out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YLmh5iDIhw


23 posted on 02/08/2012 3:31:53 PM PST by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: massmike
Some possible side-effects:

Findings indicated an average increase in milk output ranging from 11%-16%, a nearly 25% increase in the risk of clinical mastitis, a 40% reduction in fertility and 55% increased risk of developing clinical signs of lameness.

So, it's not without risk as with all .... oh, sorry. This is from an article on the synthetic Bovine Growth Hormone. Which I'm sure women in this age-group have never protested against.

Carry-on.

24 posted on 02/09/2012 7:54:26 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's War on Prosperity is killing me)
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