So Stanford University has installed vending machines which contain a generic form of the Plan-B pill, an “emergency” contraceptive.
Yeah the Plan-B pill isn’t the same as an abortion pill but if, like me, you believe life begins at conception, then yes, this is the same thing as an abortion, don’t you think?
It’s called “My Way” and is a form of levonorgestrel, commonly known under the brand name Plan-B which says it can lessen the likelihood of impregnation by 87% if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.
“It’s a right, and our rights should not be limited to business hours,” Rachel Samuels, a former student who has since graduated told The Stanford Daily.
“In the end, Stanford administrators did step up and do it, and I’m very grateful for that,” she added. “It’s nice to just keep in mind that they really should be caring about students, and this was a time when they did.”
According to The Stanford Daily, Stanford subsidizes the cost of items from the machine, charging $25.00 for a dose of My Way, $3.99 for three “external condoms,” $9.99 for three “internal condoms,” and $4.49 for 10 Advil.
Stanford’s student government, Institutional Equity & Access office, and four other offices fund the machine, which sits outside an “all-gender restroom” in the historic Old Union building. The machine accepts credit cards and is located adjacent to another vending machine that dispenses food that can be taken with the contraceptives.
Stanford’s Old Union building originally housed a women’s dormitory, the student union, the offices for religious life, and co-educational programming from the Young Women’s Christian Association. The building still serves as a student union and center for religious life.
Earlier this year, UC Davis installed a similar vending machine offering the same products. Students at Berkeley have been petitioning for the college to provide free abortions.