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Brett Kavanaugh Under Fire after Calling Birth Control 'Abortion-Inducing Drug'

  • Amanda Casanova

    Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and…

  • 2018 Sep 07

Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh called contraceptives “abortion-inducing drugs” during hearings on his possible confirmation. 

During day three of hearings, Sen. Ted Cruz asked Kavanaugh why he dissented in the 2015 Priests for Life v. the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services case. 

At the time Kavanaugh was serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Kavanaugh sided with Priests for Life, a group that was against a mandate that required providing contraception for employees with insurance. 

Priests for Life objected to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that all health plans cover birth control. The group said emergency contraceptives cause abortion. 

Under the ACA, employers who wanted the government to fund the contraceptives had to fill out a form to their insurers. Priests for Life said the form would have made them complicit in providing contraception. 

“The question was first, was this a substantial burden on their religious exercise? And it seemed to me, quite clearly, it was,” he said. “They said filling out the form would make them complicit in the abortion-inducing drugs that they were, as a religious matter, objected to.” 

According to the USA Today, Kavanaugh has said he considers Roe vs. Wade a settled case, but critics of Kavanaugh say he will still try to overturn the monumental Roe vs. Wade decision, which legalized abortion. 

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted that contraception is not abortion and “anyone who says so is peddling extremist ideology- not science- and has no business sitting on the Supreme Court.” 

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein also criticized Kavanaugh, tweeting that his statement was “further proof” of his “hostility toward women’s reproductive freedom.” 

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