Family Research Council

Venting about FDA's Vending


By Tony Perkins
February 12, 2013

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At Shippensburg University, a trip to the vending machine can be deadly--at least for an unborn baby. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington. For two years, the Shippensburg University campus has stocked their snack machines with Plan B, a powerful drug that can either prevent a pregnancy or end it. For $25, students can slip into the campus health center and buy a dose that is three times the strength of the pill--without anyone finding out. And as far as doctors are concerned, that's exactly the problem. These girls are buying Plan B without ever hearing the side effects--including the most important one: that it can end a human life. Everywhere else, it's illegal for girls under 17 to get Plan B without a prescription--but if it is sitting in a public vending machine, who's going to stop them? Not the FDA, who just ruled that the college's set-up is perfectly acceptable. By promoting Plan B, they are not erring on the safe side--they are just erring altogether.

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