A Republican candidate for Michigan’s attorney general recently said in a taped conversation that he supported Plan B pills to be stopped “at the border” and treated like fentanyl.
In a recording shared by Heart signMichigan Attorney General Matt DePerno can be heard talking to a man who expresses concern about the state’s abortion laws and then asks about Plan B pills.
The man who asked DePerno the questions was allegedly a Democratic activist posing as a Republican constituent, according to the paper. Heart sign.
DePerno initially asks what Plan B pills are, but seems to recognize the drug when the man he’s talking to calls it the “morning after pill.”
In the recording, the man notes that he saw DePerno on the “War Room,” a podcast by former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, before asking if it is possible to ban the Plan B pill.
“You need to figure out how to ban the pill in the state,” says DePerno. “How do you stop him from coming in? You have to stop at the border. It wouldn’t be different from, like, fentanyl.”
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is often added to heroin to increase its potency and has contributed to many of the overdose deaths attributed to the opioid epidemic.
He goes on to say that “it is a matter of state”.
“The state has to ban this. And it should be banned. It’s just a matter of how you apply it,” he says.
DePerno previously said during a primary debate that he believed the legality of selling adult contraceptives should be left to the states to decide.
Michigan’s reproductive rights are up for a vote this year. Not only is DePerno, who is running for the state’s top law enforcement office, on record as opposing abortion, but Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon is also opposed.
Dixon said he opposes abortion, except when the mother’s life is at stake. In August, she told a reporter that a woman who had given birth to a child provoked by rape could experience “healing” through the experience.
DePerno is currently one of several Republican officials that Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel is asking a state agency to consider charges for an alleged plot by GOP members to access state polls during the 2020 election.
Ms Nessel is running against Mr. DePerno in the next elections.
DePerno is a Donald Trump loyalist who repeated the former president’s false claims that the 2020 election had been stolen. Allegations the state attorney general made against him last month name him as one of the “key instigators” of a plan to gain improper access to voting machines in an attempt to contest the 2020 election.
He denied all allegations of wrongdoing. O Associated press reports that he called the investigation “purely based on political persecution” and that “90% of the facts that [Ms Nessel] establishes, which she calls facts in her petition, are false or I have no knowledge of what she is talking about.”