(LifeSiteNews) — American universities have installed at least 40 Plan B vending machines on campuses across the nation, numbers which increased in the year after the historic overturning of Roe v. Wade.
As abortion bans sweep across the country, limiting the gruesome murder of the unborn, the left has vamped up promotion of hormonal birth control in a desperate attempt to sever opportunities for life to develop, since there are more restrictions on murdering children once they are conceived. Outspokenly pro-abortion President Joe Biden recently issued an executive order promoting contraception on the first anniversary of the Dobbs decision.
Also known as “emergency contraception,” Plan B pills are designed to be taken after sexual intercourse without the intervention of condoms or other contraceptives. When taken before ovulation, the drugs prevent the release of an egg, making it impossible for fertilization to occur.
However, when taken after ovulation—a stage which is not always easy to identify—the chemicals can inhibit a woman’s body from producing enough progesterone to sustain the conceived child or thin her uterine lining so the young life cannot implant, resulting in a chemically induced abortion.
While some lawmakers, including the commander-in-chief, advocate for policies to push contraception, the groundwork is being conducted primarily by independent organizations dedicated to ensuring that birth control is convenient. One such group is the American Society for Emergency Contraception (ASEC), whose Emergency Contraception for Every Campus (EC4EC) program seeks to provide easily accessible birth control at every university in the United States.
Updated data from EC4EC shows that there are currently 40 campuses that have installed Plan B vending machines. The 18 states that are home to these universities—including Washington, D.C.—are California, Utah, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
Most recently, the University of Washington in Washington state installed its contraceptive vending machine, where it has already sold over 640 Plan B pills for $12.60 each, a bargain compared to pharmacies that sell name brands for up to $50. As the Associated Press reported on July 1, this year, Washington state became the first in the nation to allocate money specifically to push contraception on students through self-serve machines.
A few months earlier, Miami University in Ohio installed the first contraceptive vending machine in the state, also offering the pills at a convenient price, location, and hours—three things that could make all the difference for a college student who has little to no income and time and potentially no reliable transportation.
Similar actions carried out on the campus of George Washington University were specifically prompted by the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Dobbs case. Some institutions, though, have been pushing for such vending machines long before the overturning of Roe v. Wade became a possibility. In March 2022, Boston University installed a Plan B vending machine that sells the pills for $7.25 each. A local news outlet reported at the time that it was “the result of a five-year collaboration between students, the school, and Planned Parenthood.”
Initiatives to ensure contraceptive access on college campuses
In addition to promoting Plan B vending machines, EC4EC has a “peer-to-peer” program to bypass “extra barriers to accessing EC [emergency contraception].” Schools listed as particularly challenging are those that are “religiously affiliated or generally more conservative,” “unable or unwilling to provide EC through student health services,” and “rural or geographically isolated from community sources of EC.”
The purpose of this program is to “confidentially provid[e] free (or low-cost) EC to other students, communicating through hotlines and online forms.” Georgetown University, Hampton University, and Tulane University are listed as schools that have developed such “distribution programs” to provide hormonal contraception to students “in a discreet and confidential way.”
Unfortunately, ASEC is not the only organization working to ensure young adults have access to birth control. Advocates for Youth, a group devoted to promoting so-called “freedom” for young people to take no responsibility for sexual actions by affirming misguided behaviors and doling out contraceptives, boasts a program called “The Condom Collective.”
This initiative—launched by Advocates for Youth and Trojan Brand Condoms—seeks to give free contraceptives to students, “educate young folks on the value of condoms,” and “ensure access to contraceptives is a right [sic] for all.” One million condoms are distributed every year to college students across the nation.
Young adults can apply to be included in a total of 1,000 students chosen “to turn their campuses into SafeSites” that distribute free condoms. Representatives are selected from across all 50 states. Similarly, abortion giant Planned Parenthood launched an initiative in 2021 called “Condoms to Colleges” with the same goal in mind.
As a pilot program, eight chapters of the Planned Parenthood Generation (PPGen)—the killing business’ youth activism arm—launched the initiative on their college campuses. Condoms in this program are also distributed for free. The selected universities were chosen as they fall into the various regions where Planned Parenthood operates.
According to an October 2021 press release, the institutions where this program launched are in Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, Hawaii, North Carolina, and Georgia. The universities “receive[d] customized condoms, distributed with wallet cards with details about local Planned Parenthood health centers [sic] on one side.” A February 2022 release added that almost 20,000 condoms had been donated to the program at the time.
Risks of promoting contraception on college campuses
Although the mainstream narrative presents contraception use as “safe” or “responsible,” there are serious risks involved in its usage. Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adjusted its description of the so-called emergency contraceptive pill, misleading women into believing that it “will not affect an existing pregnancy” despite evidence to the contrary.
Additionally, research has shown that hormonal contraception is linked to higher rates of depression, breast cancer, seizures and embolisms and significant bone loss in girls who take the drugs as teenagers.
The practice of chastity and abstinence—a foolproof method for avoiding STDs and unwanted pregnancies—offers no incentive to engage with Planned Parenthood and other advocates of abortion and contraception, but convincing college students that they “need” such options to be responsible for their sexual behaviors boosts the probability of the organizations financially profiting from the misguided decisions of American youth.