Brett Kavanaugh just made a dangerous, unprecedented comment about birth control at his Senate hearing

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The stakes of this week’s highly controversial confirmation hearings for President Trump’s second Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh, who in the course of the proceedings has been exposed not only as a thief and a perjurer but also just outed himself as an anti-choice extremist.

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From the moment he was nominated, women’s rights groups sounded the alarm and pointed to his judicial record as evidence of his far-right wing anti-choice beliefs that he would impose on the rest of America by ruling in favor of rolling back Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion throughout the United States.

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Kavanaugh proved their fears were well-founded this morning when he referred to birth control as “abortion-inducing drugs,” which, combined with the discovery of a 2003 email in which Kavanaugh referred to Roe v. Wade as not “settled law of the land.”

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This very telling remark, which Planned Parenthood communication director Erica Sackin notes was his own, unprompted addition to the discussion of the case, makes it clear that not only is Kavanaugh anti-choice, he’s also anti-science.

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Contraception, including pregnancy prevention pills, morning-after-pills, and hormone patches are not “abortion-inducing drugs,” and to say so is purposefully and vindictively misleading. As there is no pregnancy, there is nothing to abort; and even if there was it shouldn’t matter anyway because it’s none of his business.

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Make no mistake. If Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court, he will oversee the repeal of all the hard-fought achievements that progressives have won over the past fifty years and transform our nation into a dystopian oligarchy controlled by extremist billionaire ghouls — and he’ll do it with a smile.

It’s absolutely sickening to see him make these remarks while trotting out the girls he coached at basketball to try to provoke some kind of misguided sympathy from the Democrats as if being nice to his daughter’s friends makes up for his absolutely heinous beliefs. This pathetic stunt really just hits home whose lives and futures and rights are really at stake here — the young women who might grow up to find that they aren’t allowed to make decisions for themselves anymore.

We must call every Senator, especially the potentially flippable Senators Murkowski (R-AK) and Collins (R-ME), day in and day out and tell them that they will lose their jobs if they inflict this right-wing misogynist on the American people.

Call Senator Collins at (202) 224-2523 and Senator Murkowski at (202)-224-6665. 

Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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