Wow stop the presses, Hillary Clinton is telling lies. Snark.
It would have been newsworthy if Hillary Clinton had been telling the truth something I doubt she is capable of doing.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton repeated a claim about Brett Kavanaugh that multiple fact-checkers have ruled is false.
A ThinkProgress writer first claimed on Twitter that during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh “seems to refer to birth control as ‘abortion-inducing drugs.'” That claim was picked up by Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.), who shared an edited video of the interaction on Twitter and claimed that “this is a dog whistle for going after birth control.”
But that claim was ruled “False” by PolitiFact, who pointed out that in context, Kavanauagh was clearly just summarizing the position of a litigant who appeared before him in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
“It was a technical matter of filing out a form in that case. But 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,” Kavanaugh said at the Senate hearing.
“It’s very clear he’s characterizing their position, which was held by all the Catholic organizations within that set of cases,” Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec told PolitiFact.
“Kavanaugh was simply using the same language that was included in the dissent,” the text on the video reads. “There is little indication he thinks birth control is up to date.”
But the next day, Clinton spread the same claim on Twitter. “He referred to birth-control pills as ‘abortion-inducing drugs.’ That set off a lot of alarm bells for me, and it should for you, too,” the former senator and secretary of state wrote.
Clinton called it “a dog whistle to the extreme right,” and warned that if Kavanaugh was confirmed, birth control would be outlawed.
Kavanaugh didn’t use that term because he misunderstands the basic science of birth control—the fact that birth control prevents fertilization of eggs in the first place. He used that term because it’s a dog whistle to the extreme right.
When Kavanaugh called birth control “abortion-inducing drugs,” he made it clear that safe and legal abortion isn’t the only fundamental reproductive right at grave risk if he is confirmed. Access to birth control is, too.
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