Three Reasons Why Plan B Vending Machines Are a Bad Idea  

Caroline Wharton - 17 Jul 2023

Since the reversal of Roe v. Wade, schools across the country have become obsessed with giving students Plan B via vending machines — and while administrations may be patting themselves on the back, there are some true concerns when these dangerous drugs are handed out like candy.  

Students for Life of America (SFLA) President Kristan Hawkins recently outlined three such points in a Fox News op-ed entitled “Abortion-by-Vending-Machine is Much Worse Than it Sounds.” She argued that the casual distribution of Plan B can endanger young students, often far from home and away from support systems, in different ways that they would never consider given such easy availability. Although the abortion lobby makes it seem as though the only “bad” consequence of sex is the potential to have a baby, there are other things to consider, as well.  

  1. Dangerous People  

Sadly, not everyone has the best interests at heart, and some will take extreme measures to cover up their wrongdoing. As campuses continue to crack down on sexual malfeasance among students, how does it make any sense to have a drug more widely available for abuser use? It’s old news that bad actors drug their victims for different purposes against their will. Why are we making it easier for them? 

  1. Informed Consent  

Understanding how a drug works and how it may negatively impact you is an important step in deciding whether to take it — which is why even drug commercials on television are required by the Food and Drug Administration to disclose those long lists of side effects following their advertisement. However, with vending machine access, students don’t fully understand the life-ending properties of Plan B (as it prevents implantation of a created embryo), as well as potential impacts on their future fertility. 

Hawkins wrote: “Such life-ending properties need to be understood by the young women sold the drugs, along with better information on the effects of repeated doses of a mega hormone cocktail that can “turn your hormones upside down.” Even proponents of it acknowledge a lack of thorough testing.”  

  1. Lifetime Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) 

Plan B can’t stop an STD, and Hawkins urged readers to remember that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has shown our country to be in a STD epidemic. Calling on teachers and school administrators fulfill their vocation, she stated: “When it comes to sex, school officials seem determined to assume that while teaching the next generation is their job of choice, they can’t explain good relationship advice or health information that doesn’t embrace a Planned Parenthood mindset.”

(Click HERE to read another SFLA blog entitled “College Students Say Abortion Laws Are Making Them Think Twice Before Leaping Into Bed.”)  

To read Hawkins’ op-ed in its entirety at Fox News, click HERE.  

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