Petition against Plan B Vending Machines 

SUMMARY: Miami University – Ohio has a strong pro-abortion presence on campus. Ever since a university-sponsored Reproductive Rights Townhall, which included remarks from the local Planned Parenthood, a pro-abortion club at the school has been pushing for Plan B vending machines on campus. 

PETITION: It has come to my attention that several members of Associated Student Government (ASG) and even staff members of Miami University – Ohio (MU) have pushed for placing a Plan B vending machine on campus. Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio and pro-choice clubs on campus were invited to participate in a Reproductive Rights Townhall on September 1, and shortly after, an initiative to place a Plan B vending machine on campus began. MU Students for Life, along with the undersigned, demand that school administration prevents this harmful Plan B vending machine from being installed on campus.

Ryan Parker, ASG Secretary, is spearheading the ASG initiative, which requests 3500 student-funded dollars to install and stock the vending machine. Making this drug widely available to the student population via a vending machine raises many concerns.

Current research shows Plan B can cause serious complications, be ineffective, and potentially create more serious long-term health conditions in the future. Some of the biggest concerns include the Plan B classification by the World Health Organization as a Group 1 Carcinogen and the 44% increased risk of developing breast cancer before the age of 50.

There are two ways Plan B is capable of ending the life of a conceived human. First, its chemical makeup directly affects the hormones at play within the female reproductive system and can prevent enough progesterone (the “pregnancy hormone”) from sustaining the offspring.

Second, Plan B is capable of creating an inhospitable uterine environment with the thinning of the endometrium. This uterine lining is, without artificial interference, thick and ready for a conceived child to implant and continue the gestational process. If the embryo survives all of Plan B’s previous defenses and arrives at the uterus only to find nowhere to implant, he or she will die.

Plan B carries an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy, the implantation of the embryo outside of the uterus, which is a life-threatening condition that is also capable of causing life-long infertility. In addition to these risks, there are harmful potential side effects that may occur from using this drug: dizziness, vomiting, increased chance of irregular menstruation and the development of ovarian cysts, and a higher risk of infection.

Multiple sources listed below address the harmful side effects of Plan B, as well as the potential medical complications that can arise from its use:

  1. pregnancy/emergency contraception/
  2. cancer-fertility-399556

Another striking concern about having a Plan B vending machine on campus is that it not only becomes more available for women, but for abusers, too. While the vending machine may sound like a nice idea in theory to supporters, the fruition of this initiative would enable men to buy the drug in bulk and perpetuate their seemingly “consequence-free” abuse via the forceful administration of it upon their victims.

Having this harmful drug readily available to students is unsafe. We demand that the administration take our concerns into consideration and ensure that Plan B is not readily available on campus.

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