In a Wednesday tweet sent after multiple mainstream fact checkers exposed Senator Kamala Harris’s inaccurate characterization of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation-hearing testimony regarding contraception, Hillary Clinton echoed the false claim.
Asked last Thursday about his ruling in a case centered on whether a religious organization should be compelled to fund contraception for its employees, Kavanaugh recounted the position of the plaintiff, Priests for Life, which included a claim that certain forms of contraception are “abortion-inducing drugs.”
Employing a deceptively edited video of Kavanaugh’s response that excluded his preliminary statement making clear he was characterizing the position of Priests for Life, Harris claimed Friday that the nominee’s words represented “a dog whistle for going after birth control.”
Kavanaugh chooses his words very carefully, and this is a dog whistle for going after birth control. He was nominated for the purpose of taking away a woman’s constitutionally protected right to make her own health care decisions. Make no mistake – this is about punishing women. pic.twitter.com/zkBjXzIvQI
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) September 7, 2018
Days later, after the Washington Post and Politifact rated Harris’s claim false, Clinton weighed in on Twitter, insinuating that Kavanaugh was expressing his own opinion when he used the term “abortion-inducing drugs” and casting his confirmation as an imminent threat to contraceptive access.
“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,” Clinton wrote.“Imagine an America in which women are barred from getting IUDs or birth control pills, and doctors are criminalized for prescribing them. It’s an America in which women would be punished for insisting on being full and equal partners in society.”
Imagine an America in which women are barred from getting IUDs or birth control pills, and doctors are criminalized for prescribing them. It's an America in which women would be punished for insisting on being full and equal partners in society.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 12, 2018