Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, will soon join a growing list of universities with a vending machine that dispenses the contraceptive drug Plan B, according to WFXT-TV.
The student group Brandeis Pro-Choice sought to install the machine to dispense the so-called morning-after pill and will do so with a $5,000 grant from Planned Parenthood.
“We heard of other schools that had similar type of vending machines that vend Plan B and we realize there's just really a gap to access that service here,” Brandeis Pro-Choice president Susannah Miller told WFXT.
Miller argued that access to Plan B is important for victims of sexual assault.
“After somebody has been sexually assaulted, for them have to find their way to a Walgreens over a mile away and pay $50 out of pocket is unreasonable,” she said.
WFXT notes that Plan B is already available at the school’s student health center, but only during business hours.
Abigail Belyea, events director for Brandeis Pro-Choice, told WFXT that the health center is “not open after 5 p.m. and it’s not open on the weekend which, especially the weekend, is a big time when many people are needing Plan B.”
Several universities across the country now have Plan B vending machines installed on their campuses, including Stanford University and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
Brandeis students told WFXT there hasn't been any resistance to the machine at the school.
One student told WFXT the machine wasn’t necessary.
“We have a lot of resources on campus, access to different contraceptives. I don't think this one should be any different,” student Sage Rosenthal said.