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Birth control called ‘abortion-inducing drugs’ by prospective Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Well, this confirmation hearing is getting more surreal by the second.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh has faced many pointed questions this week (including one major stumper by Senator Kamala Harris), as he looks to grab a seat on the Supreme Court. But his recent answers might provide the most mystifying exchange of all. On Thursday, while being questioned by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Kavanaugh used what abortion-rights groups are calling an “anti-choice extremist phrase” when he seemed to refer to birth control as “abortion-inducing drugs.”

Cruz had asked about the Priests for Life v. HHS case, which took place in 2015, and for which Kavanaugh wrote a dissent in favor of the anti-abortion Catholic groups’ right to not provide their employees’ insurance covering the cost of contraceptives. Priests for Life is opposed to all forms of contraception, according to Business Insider, and have called IUDs and emergency contraceptives “abortion-inducing.”

Kavanaugh said this week that “Filling out the form would make them complicit in the provision of the abortion-inducing drugs that they were, as a religious matter, objected to.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America tweeted, “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.”

The Center for Reproductive Rights said his comment was “straight out of the anti-choice, anti-science phrase book.”

And just to clarify, doctors do not consider IUDs or contraceptives as means in which to induce abortions — the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) defines abortifacients as “an agent that disturbs an embryo already implanted in the uterine lining, after a pregnancy has been established.”

There has been much musing about Kavanaugh’s thought process surrounding Roe v. Wade and women’s reproductive rights, as he has danced around questions posed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and women’s rights advocates are increasingly concerned about whether he believes the landmark case to be settled law. Paying close attention to his remarks here may provide good reason to be nervous.

Read the full story at Business Insider.


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