GOP Nominee for Michigan AG Wants To Treat Plan B Like Fentanyl

Matthew DePerno, the Republican nominee for attorney general in Michigan and a former Trump 2020 campaign lawyer, was recently heard advocating for a statewide ban on the morning-after pill — and even compared it to the likes of the deadly drug fentanyl.

Matthew DePerno, the Republican nominee for attorney general in Michigan and a former Trump 2020 campaign lawyer, was recently heard advocating for a statewide ban on the morning-after pill — and even compared it to the likes of the deadly drug fentanyl.

In a recorded audio clip published by Heartland Signal, DePerno is heard responding to a question about Michigan’s abortion laws and the morning-after pill, widely known as Plan B.

“Gotta figure out how to ban the pill from the state,” DePerno says on the tape. “You have to stop it at the border. It would be no different than fentanyl … the state has to ban it, and it should be banned. But it’s just an issue of how do you enforce it. How do you make sure that it stops? That’s your problem.”

After the audio came out, DePerno said the recording was taken out of context but that he still hopes to ban Plan B “after conception has occurred.”

“Life begins at conception, and is the Plan B pill being used at that time as a contraceptive or is it being used to terminate a pregnancy? … That’s the kind of conversation we were having. I think that’s a difficult question to answer,” he goes on to say.


It’s important to note that DePerno’s comments don’t align with scientific evidence. Plan B isn’t used to induce abortions and is taken before conception occurs, in order to prevent pregnancy in the first place.


In addition to pushing misinformation about emergency contraception on the campaign trail, DePerno is currently under criminal investigation by a Muskegon County prosecutor over his alleged efforts to undermine the legitimate results of the 2020 election in Michigan.


Michigan will be a key bellwether state in the battle over reproductive rights during the upcoming midterm elections. Voters there will be considering a ballot measure this November that could potentially enshrine language into the Michigan constitution that explicitly protects abortion access. For more information about the stakes in Michigan check out the first episode of our new video series, “It’s Time.”