Anyone who is hungry for a snack while on campus inside University of California, Davis don’t expect all the vending machines to offer tasty treats. Instead of Cheetos and candy bars in some UC Davis vending machines, people will find their late night or early morning contraceptive needs.
See the vending machines at UC Davis’ Activities and Recreation Center offers students the opportunity to purchase contraceptives, as well as the morning after pill and pregnancy tests, reports Breitbart
Parteek Singh, a senior at UC Davis, was the brains behind the idea after a close friend of his was unable to purchase the morning after pill in a timely manner.
Singh said that his friend was told the pharmacy was out of morning after pills and would not have any more until their deliveries came on Monday.
The vending machines at UC Davis are open 18 hours a day. The only time the vending machine are inaccessible is when the building is closed between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.
Singh states that the only other place on UC Davis campus that contraception is available for purchase is the wellness center and students can only get contraceptives when the center is open. The center is closed evenings and weekends, reports KCRA.
The medical staff at UC Davis completely supports the vending machines. The idea was taken from Pomona College and Claremont University.
Dr. Cindy Schorzman, the director of student health and wellness, says the vending machines offers students the option to reduce the risk of pregnancy.
Students at UC Davis have also been supportive of the vending machines. Student Jose Galindo says that the vending machines are not typical, but it is very useful. Another student, Evalyn Ponce, says that the morning after pill is the last resort and she does not believe that its availability will lead to more students having unprotected sex. Ponce says the vending machines are a new idea but says it isn’t meant to change people’s beliefs, it is just there in case someone needs it.
Part of the idea for putting the contraceptives in a vending machine is the fact that it eliminates the awkward face to face people have when purchasing condoms or the morning-after pill in a pharmacy, reports the Sacramento Bee.
Singh says that is the beauty of the machine. He adds it is just a machine and it won’t judge people or give them a dirty look.
By Tammy Marie Rose
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