'Proof of Kavanaugh's Hostility Toward Women's Reproductive Freedom'
Judge Brett Kavanaugh Thursday afternoon referred to birth control as "abortion-inducing drugs" during his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. The term, aside from being wholly false, is exactly the same as far right wing anti-choice activists and groups use.
Kavanaugh was responding to a question by Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who also holds far right wing anti-choice views.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 6, 2018
In addition to calling contraception "abortion-inducing" – which, again, is plainly false – Kavanaugh in his testimony also claimed the government was carrying out its interests "on the backs" of people of faith.
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was quick to respond publicly, tweeting it was "further proof of Kavanaugh's hostility toward women's reproductive freedom."
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
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) September 6, 2018
NARAL Pro-Choice America also weighed in, calling Kavanaugh's comment a "lie."
Kavanaugh just referred to birth control as "abortion-inducing drugs," which is not only an anti-science lie, it's an anti-choice extremist phrase that shows that our right to access both abortion and contraception would be in SERIOUS danger if he is confirmed. #StopKavanaugh pic.twitter.com/TWqaU0YjmH
— NARAL (@NARAL) September 6, 2018
Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, has told Senators in public and private he sees Roe v. Wade – the precedent that secures the right to choose abortion, but also many other civil rights – as "settled law," but a leaked email shows he questioned its status. In the email he also made clear Roe could be overturned.
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