This one just makes you stop and say, "Wow." At least that's what I did when I read about a Pennsylvania university that makes the "morning after" pill available to students via vending machine. Pop in your $25 and out comes everything you need for an early abortion, no doctors or even pharmacists necessary. And no limit on how many you can get.
Here's a story from Politico:
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 student health center at Shippensburg, a secluded public institution of 8,300 students tucked between mountain ridges in the Cumberland Valley, provides the Plan B One Step emergency contraceptive in the vending machine along with condoms, decongestants and pregnancy tests.
...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.
Alexandra Stern, a professor of the history of medicine at the University of Michigan, said she wasn’t questioning a woman’s right to have access to Plan B, but whether making it so easily available is a good idea.
“Perhaps it is personalized medicine taken too far,” she said. “It’s part of the general trend that drugs are available for consumers without interface with a pharmacist or doctors. This trend has serious pitfalls.”
Serious pitfalls. Ya think? I'd say that's the understatement of the year. How anyone -- even those who support abortion -- could view this type of "health care" as positive for young women is beyond me. But I guess common sense, ethics, science, and morality were long ago thrown out the window on this issue.
Read the full story HERE.