“Abortion-Inducing Drugs”

I’m going to generously quote this article from Vice, but it’s necessary:

The moment came when Senator Ted Cruz asked Kavanaugh to describe his 2015 ruling in the case Priests for Life vs HHS, where the plaintiff objected to providing insurance coverage of birth control for its employees, which was required by the Affordable Care Act. The workaround from the Obama administration was that religious non-profits would have to fill out a form saying they objected to coverage and the insurance company would step in and cover the costs.

Kavanaugh replied to Cruz: “In that case, 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.” […]

There are two things wrong here. First, birth control doesn’t cause abortions. The very name “contraception” means prevents conception, either by preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg, preventing sperm from fertilizing an egg, or preventing a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. Medical experts agree that emergency contraception does not disrupt an established pregnancy (the medical and legal definition of pregnancy is that it begins after implantation).

Second, the plaintiff in that case objected to covering ALL forms of birth control, not just emergency contraception, unless it was for “noncontraceptive” purposes (meaning to treat other health issues). Yes, craft store chain Hobby Lobby and others specifically objected to covering emergency contraception methods like morning-after pills and copper IUDs (which can be used for EC), but that’s not what Priests for Life was objecting to. No, they were opposed to “any requirement imposed by the federal government that has the purpose or effect of providing access to or increasing the use of contraceptive services.”

Kavanaugh is unqualified. Period.