ASEC’s executive director Kelly Cleland said the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade “is putting people’s lives at stake, so it makes pregnancy prevention all the more urgent.” “If you live in a state where you cannot get an abortion and you can’t get an abortion anywhere near you, the stakes are so much higher than they’ve ever been before,” Cleland added. “When you have a vending machine, it takes away a lot of those barriers,” Cleland continued. “Students can go on their own terms to get it when they need it.” The state of Washington was the first this year to direct funds to universities in order to expand access to emergency contraceptives, according to AP. The University of Washington machine sells generic Plan B for $12.60. However, prices vary per institution. At Boston University, for example, the pills are available for just $7.25, as reported by WBTS-TV. “We just wanted something that was low-cost and easy to access. You don’t need to take a train across town. You don’t need to call a doctor,” said Charlotte Beatty, the former co-president of a group called Students for Reproductive Freedom. “It’s right there and you can get it as soon as you need it,” Beatty added. Student Zoe Amaris at the University of Washington praised the idea of having emergency contraceptives in vending machines, according to AP. “There is a stigma associated with getting access to these medications,” she said. “Having a vending machine is so easy. You don’t need to go to a pharmacy. You don’t need to go through your health care provider.” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
A Plan B vending machine is installed on the Boston University campus, offering low-cost emergency contraceptives with a swipe of a credit card. pic.twitter.com/ulHhSHuKQ8— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) July 10, 2023