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In July 2022, ahead of the Republican primary for governor, Tim Michels clarified that he was not against birth control, including the emergency contraceptive known as Plan B. 

Michels told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin and Wisconsin Public Radio after two campaign stops in Green Bay and Eau Claire that while he is against abortion, “I am not against contraception.” 

Earlier that month, Michels’ campaign did not respond to questions from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about whether Michels would sign legislation banning Plan B. 

At an event in Calumet County, Michels told an attendee that “abortion pills that are being passed off as contraception” would be illegal in Wisconsin. A spokesperson said the question was referring to medication abortion, not Plan B.


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Tim Michels now says he is ‘not against contraception’ during a campaign stop in Green Bay

Wisconsin Public Radio: Tim Michels says he’s ‘not against contraception,’ including Plan B morning-after pill

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Hope Karnopp joined Wisconsin Watch as a reporting intern in May 2022. She is a journalism major and is pursuing certificates in public policy and environmental studies at UW-Madison. Hope previously covered state politics as an intern for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also works with the Daily Cardinal and hosts a radio segment about campus news for WORT-FM, which has been recognized by the Milwaukee Press Club.