- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 8, 2012

One of Shippensburg University’s most famous alumni on Wednesday blasted the school’s decision to sell the morning-after contraceptive Plan B pill in a campus vending machine.

“It’s the wrong thing to do in my judgment. I don’t think it’s a good idea,” Rep. John Kline, Minnesota Republican and chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, said in an interview with editors and reporters at The Washington Times.

Mr. Kline, who earned a master’s degree in public administration from the rural Pennsylvania college in 1988, said he’s troubled that his alma mater would make the pills so readily available.

“The idea that you put it out there and say, ‘Well, most of our students are over 17, so probably no kids will come in here.’ … It’s a very, very bad move,” he said.

The university, part of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, has come under fire for the move, but school officials have stressed that all Shippensburg students are at least 17 years of age and therefore legally able to buy the over-the-counter drug, which runs $25 a pop in the student health center and is sold alongside cold medicine.

College officials have also said that a health center attendant monitors the machine at all times, and no one is able to “walk in off the street” and buy the pill.

“The university is not encouraging anyone to be sexually active,” the school said in a written statement on Tuesday. “That is a decision each student makes on his or her own. The university does strongly encourage all students to make wise and appropriate decisions in all aspects of their lives.”



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