Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, is set to become the first higher education institution in the state to offer its students access to emergency contraception via a vending machine on campus. The machine will provide 24/7 access to the "morning after pill" at a discounted price that has yet to be determined. The move follows the example of Boston University and George Washington University, which have already adopted similar schemes. According to a spokesperson for Miami University, students will be able to purchase emergency contraception for around $7 to $15 from the vending machine. This will provide a more affordable and accessible option than visiting a pharmacy, which can be difficult to access at odd hours when stores are closed. [tweet_embed]March 15, 2023[/tweet_embed] However, not everyone is in favor of the plan. The Students for Life of America and Students for Life at Miami University have started a petition against the vending machine. They argue that emergency contraception can cause severe complications and potentially serious long-term health conditions. They also expressed concern that the vending machine would make the drug more accessible to abusers. The petition states that "MU Students for Life, along with the undersigned, demand that school administration prevents this harmful Plan B vending machine from being installed on campus." The move would require $3,500 of student-funded dollars to install and stock the vending machine, according to the petition. Despite the controversy, the Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Dr. Steve Large, sees the machine as a positive development. "Even though it’s an ‘over-the-counter’ medication, it might not physically be on the shelf," he told Fox 19. "Shoppers may need to ask a store clerk for assistance, which can be intimidating." The Plan B vending machine proposal was spearheaded by Ryan Parker, the Secretary of Safety and Wellness, following a push from Miami's Associated Student Government (ASG). Parker and Academic Senator Maggie Ryan touted the vending machine as a way to offer "less expensive options for emergency contraceptives and placing it in a location that is more private," which will be self-sustaining but not profitable for the university. Miami University made clear in a statement to Fox News Digital that the proposed Plan B Vending Machine is not a university initiative but is a student project led by the ASG. "Those monies support hundreds of student organizations, including service-oriented, cultural, political, social, career-based, recreational, and more, representing the full spectrum of student interests and beliefs." In a statement to Fox News Digital, Miami University clarified that the Plan B Vending Machine was not an endeavor of the University, but rather a student-run project conducted by the Associated Student Government. The Associated Student Government is currently working to determine the source of products, costs, and a potential on-campus location. Still, at this point, there is neither any certainty that a vending machine will be installed nor a specific time frame or date for the completion of this proposed initiative. The decision ultimately lies with Miami University’s administration on how to proceed.