Numerous fact checks and advice to “drop the whopper of a talking point” from one of the largest newspapers in America have not stopped pro-abortion politicians from repeating false claims about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The lies about Kavanaugh’s birth control beliefs began with U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California and continued with two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The Washington Post, Politifact and others refuted their claims that Kavanaugh called birth control “abortion-inducing drugs,” but the pro-abortion politicians continue to push the lie.
This week, Kavanaugh also responded to the claims by clarifying what he meant when he used the term “abortion-inducing drugs” last week during the U.S. Senate hearings.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh told senators that he was summarizing the plaintiffs’ views in an ObamaCare case when he referred to birth control as “abortion-inducing drugs.”
Kavanaugh’s use of the phrase during his confirmation hearing sparked days of backlash from Democrats and progressive groups, who argued the Supreme Court pick was trying to signal his own views.
But Kavanaugh, in written responses provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee, told senators that the phrase, “abortion-inducing drugs,” summarized the plaintiffs’ position, stating “I was accurately describing the plaintiffs’ position.”
“At the hearing, I was not expressing an opinion on whether particular drugs induce abortion; I used that phrase only when recount the plaintiffs’ own assertions,” Kavanaugh wrote in a response to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) about his use of the phrase.
Committee members had the opportunity to ask Kavanaugh follow-up questions after the hearings for the record. U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said the ten Democrats submitted 1,278 questions to Kavanaugh, a record number that was higher than the number of questions submitted to all previous Supreme Court nominees combined, Yahoo News reports.
The committee is expected to vote Thursday on Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Last week, Harris and Clinton implied that the Supreme Court nominee believes all birth control causes abortions, but Kavanaugh did not say that was his personal belief or that all birth control causes abortions. What he did was answer a question about Priests for Life’s legal challenge of the Obamacare HHS mandate.
“That was a group that was being forced to provide a certain kind of health 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? And it seemed to me quite clearly it was,” Kavanaugh said during the hearing last week. “It was a technical matter of filling out a form, in that case with — that — 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, objected to.”
Abortion activists fear Kavanaugh, who has served on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for D.C. for more than a decade. He has an extensive record of protecting religious liberty, including in the Priests for Life case, and enforcing restrictions on abortion. Pro-life leaders believe he would do the same on the Supreme Court.
The full U.S. Senate is expected to vote on his confirmation at the beginning of October.