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Yale pulls plan for contraception vending machines

NEW HAVEN — Yale University has dropped plans to install a vending machine that dispenses birth control products at its largest residential college because it turns out it would violate Connecticut state law.

The “wellness-to-go” vending machine for Silliman College was proposed in the fall by a member of the Reproductive Justice Action League at Yale.

The proposal was made because other colleges had installed the machines.

It would have dispensed Plan B emergency contraception and other over-the-counter items.

Lora Rae Anderson, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Consumer Protection, tells the New Haven Register that under state law, over-the-counter medications cannot be sold in a vending machine.

In response, university health services will now allow students to obtain Plan B for free without having to first talk to a clinician.

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