Anti-Science Catholic Extremist: Kavanaugh Calls Birth Control ‘Abortion-Inducing Drugs’

Anti-Science Catholic Extremist: Kavanaugh Calls Birth Control ‘Abortion-Inducing Drugs’ September 6, 2018

Former Catholic altar boy and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh calls birth control “abortion-inducing drugs” during day three of his confirmation hearing.

Responding to a question from Senator Ted Cruz concerning Priests for Life v. HHS, a case dealing with religious freedom and birth control, Kavanaugh said:

That was a group that was being forced to provide a certain kind of coverage over their religious objection to their employees. And under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the question was first was this a substantial burden on the religious exercise.

It seemed to me quite clearly it was. It was a technical matter of filling out a form. In that case they said filling out the form would make them complicit in the provision of the abortion-inducing drugs that they were, as a religious matter, objecting to.

For the record, Kavanaugh is wrong on the facts: birth control prevents pregnancy; it does not induce abortion. For an abortion to actually take place, one must first be pregnant.

Writing for Crooks and Liars, Karoli Kuns explains the nefarious intent behind suggesting that birth control is really an abortion-inducing drug:

That phrase, “abortion-inducing drugs,” is one the right-wing glommed onto to intentionally confuse contraception with other drugs.

The Guttmacher Institute, in 2014, explained how extreme this is:

Yet, these same mainstream antiabortion groups have not shied away from asserting in other contexts that certain methods of contraception are actually methods of abortion. They have in effect selectively embraced the core “personhood” argument—that U.S. policy should in some circumstances recognize pregnancy as beginning at fertilization—as a way to undermine access to birth control. That strategy reached a new high water mark when it featured centrally in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the high-profile 2014 U.S. Supreme Court case that granted certain for-profit employers an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) contraceptive coverage guarantee. During this debate, leading organizations dedicated to banning abortion unequivocally endorsed the view—in legal briefs, press statements and elsewhere—that emergency contraceptives and IUDs constitute abortion.

In a statement issued Thursday afternoon, Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens rejected Kavanaugh’s claim:

It’s no wonder Kavanaugh’s nomination has been met with unprecedented protests. Kavanaugh referred to birth control—something more than 95 percent of women use in their lifetime—as an ‘abortion-inducing drug,’ which is not just flat-out wrong, but is anti-woman, anti-science propaganda. Women have every reason to believe their health and their lives are at stake. Kavanaugh has made clear over and over again that he would not uphold women’s ability to access reproductive health care as a constitutional right. Let me break it down for you, Brett: birth control is basic health care. Birth control allows women to plan their futures, participate in the economy, and—for some women with health issues like endometriosis—allows them to get through the day. It is clear from Kavanaugh’s record and answers that his nomination puts access to affordable birth control at risk.

Immediately after Kavanaugh equated birth control with abortion inducing drugs, Twitter lit up. For example, Senator Dianne Feinstein tweeted:

Judge Kavanaugh just said Burwell v. Hobby Lobby was about “abortion-inducing drugs.” That’s a GROSS misunderstanding of the case, which was about insurance coverage for contraceptives. It’s further proof of Kavanaugh’s hostility toward women’s reproductive freedom. #WhatsAtStake

And more reactions via Twitter:

Bottom line: Revealing his anti-science, Catholic extremist bias, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh equates birth control with “abortion-inducing drugs” during day three of his confirmation hearing.

Anti-Science Catholic Extremist: Kavanaugh Calls Birth Control ‘Abortion-Inducing Drugs’ (Image via Twitter)
Anti-Science Catholic Extremist: Kavanaugh Calls Birth Control ‘Abortion-Inducing Drugs’ (Image via Twitter)

 

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