Kavanaugh explains ‘abortion-inducing drugs’ remark amid backlash

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has a response for a line of attack that took off among Democrats after his hearing.

Kavanaugh told senators that he was summarizing the plaintiffs’ views in an ObamaCare case when he referred to birth control as “abortion-inducing drugs.”

Kavanaugh’s use of the phrase during his confirmation hearing sparked days of backlash from Democrats and progressive groups, who argued the Supreme Court pick was trying to signal his own views.

But Kavanaugh, in written responses provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee, told senators that the phrase, “abortion-inducing drugs,” summarized the plaintiffs’ position, stating “I was accurately describing the plaintiffs’ position.”

“At the hearing, I was not expressing an opinion on whether particular drugs induce abortion; I used that phrase only when recount the plaintiffs’ own assertions,” Kavanaugh wrote in a response to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) about his use of the phrase.

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