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Hot on Campus | February 1, 2013

Dispensing sodas, snacks, and death

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Obama administration approves on-campus vending machine that dispenses morning-after pill

The Plan B vending machine (Associated Press/Shippensburg University)

No condom? No problem. Just pay a visit to the morning-after pill vending machine in the school nurse's office.

And so the conversation will go for many college students, thanks to the Obama administration's approval of a Pennsylvania college's request to make the abortion-inducing Plan B pill more accessible to its students.

Choosing to ignore a "politically motivated uproar," The Food and Drug Administration said Shippensburg University can continue to dispense the morning after pill via a vending machine in the school nurse's office, The Hill reported. The school installed the machine last year without asking permission, even though the drug is supposed to be stocked behind pharmacy counters.

Without waiting for an appointment, students at the university can pop into the nurse's office, deposit $25 in the machine, and quickly begin the process of exterminating the potential "consequence" of their one-night-stands, all before the bell rings for their next class.

The life-ending drug sits between decongestants, condoms, and pregnancy tests in the vending machine at The Etter Health Center, open to all Shippensburg's 83,000 students, as long as they sign in at the door. The machine was installed at the request of the student government association.

Dr. Roger Serr, vice president of student affairs at Shippensburg, said the machine was used as much for privacy as anything else, but Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America, quickly exposed his brush-off.

"I really can't understand what's private about putting money into a machine to purchase a lethal drug and then watching folks bang on it when the pill box gets stuck," she said in an interview with "But really, privacy isn't the matter at hand here. 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."

Plan B is available without a prescription to women 17 and older.