Abortion enthusiasts continue to use old scare tactics (and outright lies) that are designed to drive one result: peel off support for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Their narrative is simple: if a Constitutional originalist gets on the Supreme Court, then hundreds of thousands of women will die from illegal abortions (a lie thoroughly debunked here) and the court will make contraceptives illegal. This narrative is, of course, false.
The pro-abortion strategy seems to be to twist facts using skewed and inaccurate headlines which point readers to a false conclusion. Their latest claim is that Judge Brett Kavanaugh referred to all birth control as “abortion inducing drugs.” Except… that claim isn’t true. Here’s video of what Judge Kavanaugh actually said:
Sen. Cruz: Another case you were involved in as a Judge is that you wrote a dissent from denial in rehearing… Priests for Life case. Can you tell this committee about that case and your opinion there?
Judge Kavanaugh: That was a group that was being forced to provide certain kinds 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. It was a technical matter of filling out a form. In that case, they said filing of the form would make them complicit in the provision of the abortion inducing drugs that they were, as a religious matter, objecting to.
The abortion lobby group NARAL, founded by men, one of whom later admitted the organization manipulated the American public with false facts about illegal abortions, quickly attacked Kavanaugh — only they took his statement out of context so they could paint a false narrative:
Senator Dianne Feinstein, recently chastised by the media for using grossly over-estimated numbers regarding illegal abortion deaths (read Live Action News’ response here) also chimed in, again taking Kavanaugh’s remarks out of context. Perhaps she assumes people are more likely to read tweets than to seek out Kavanaugh’s actual words:
And right on cue, the Huffington Post deceptively titled an article, “Brett Kavanaugh Refers to Birth Control as ‘Abortion-Inducing drugs’ at Confirmation Hearing.” Again… context is everything. This is complete spin.
This so-called “news” article was then quickly shared by pro-abortion surrogates like Texas Rising, which “trains emerging grassroots leaders and activists on university and college campuses” to “leverage that power during an election cycle” and support pro-abortion candidates.
Elizabeth Warren and CNN also shared this false narrative — but at least CNN had enough honesty to point out that “abortion rights advocates charged” that Kavanaugh made controversial remarks. Warren was not so honest:
The Vox media outlet, far from pro-life, was actually more honest — but in the end, chose to do what pro-abortion media typically does, and invoked a scare tactic:
What Kavanaugh actually said is complicated. He was paraphrasing an argument made by the Catholic group Priests for Life in their suit against the Obama administration over the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act. Speaking of the form necessary to get a religious exemption from the mandate, Kavanaugh said, “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.”
In context, it’s not totally clear whether Kavanaugh is endorsing Priests for Life’s claim that birth control causes abortion, or merely repeating it. Ultimately, though, his larger argument is quite clear: To him, the contraceptive mandate was an unacceptable infringement on the religious freedom of Priests for Life (even though Obama’s mandate allowed them to seek an exemption on grounds of religious freedom). This argument shows that if confirmed, Kavanaugh would be likely to rule in ways that would restrict contraceptive access in America.
Except… there’s no proof of this. At all. The Priests for Life case was about religious freedom, not contraceptive access.
Senator Orrin Hatch attempted to set the record straight, at least, calling one CNN Politics tweet “wildly misleading”:
These kinds of warped and dishonest headlines and tweets from mainstream media outlets are a good example of why some people consider a number of these outlets to be “fake news.”
The fact is that Judge Kavanaugh was stating (rightly) that the litigant in the case, Priests for Life, had argued that being forced to offer “abortion inducing” contraceptives to employees under the Affordable Care Act was a violation of their Constitutionally protected religious freedom.
Priests for Life argued that the Affordable Care Act required employers to cover “all FDA-approved contraceptives, including certain methods of birth control that, some believe, operate as abortifacients and result in the destruction of embryos.” This included emergency contraception. Live Action News has previously documented that emergency contraception has the potential to prevent the implantation of a newly-fertilized human being into the uterine wall — which is actually stated on Plan B’s own website:
The FDA label for the emergency contraception ella also clearly states that it can prevent the implantation of an already-conceived human life. The 2015 label states, “It is possible that ella may also work by preventing attachment (implantation) to the uterus.”