Student Unions now offer emergency contraceptives
EContra EZ is on sale at Badger Market in Memorial Union for $13.Image By: Téalin Robinson and Téalin Robinson and Tealin Robinson
An oral emergency contraceptive is now available for purchase in both student unions at UW-Madison, and at a lower cost than name-brand equivalents.
The implementation of the drug began when Sophia Alzaidi, president of Accessible Reproductive Healthcare Initiative, began brainstorming with University Health Services staff about ways to expand the accessibility to emergency contraceptives on campus.
Alzaidi said the team ultimately decided the fastest way to make emergency contraceptives available was to implement EContra EZ in the Unions.
Purchased from a vendor,
“The revenue that we make from the slight upcharge will account for the initial purchase of the oral contraceptive and then be able to sustain future restocks,” Alzaidi said.
Despite the upcharge,
“This implementation is normalizing emergency contraceptive,” Alzaidi said. “Contraceptives should be a right, not a privilege.”
Alzaidi hopes to expand this implementation into a vending machine system where university community members would be able to anonymously purchase emergency contraceptive. She said this could help eliminate the stigma around emergency contraceptives and sexual assault on campus.
“Emergency contraceptives can be a sensitive topic for some people,” Alzaidi said. “If someone is a survivor of sexual violence or trauma, [a vending machine system] would allow that person to get what they need without having to interact or disclose their trauma with anyone.”Subscribe to The Daily Cardinal Newsletter