UC San Diego has become the third public university in California to sell students the Plan B birth control pill in a vending machine.
Plan B, or “morning after” pill, is a contraceptive drug administered within three to five days after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. Plan B pills can act as an abortifacient.
The UCSD “wellness” vending machine is expected to be purchased sometime this spring and installed in a popular campus center, and also sell items such as condoms, Advil and pregnancy tests, according to campus news reports.
UC San Diego students had initially asked that the Plan B be sold out of an already established vending machine in a campus library that sells school supplies such as pencils. That request was rejected. So campus leaders decided to purchase a new vending machine for the initiative and place it in a popular student hub.