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Two Nonpartisan Fact-Checks Label Dems’ Anti-Kavanaugh Talking Point ‘False’

PolitiFact gave the latest Democratic claim a "False" rating, and The Washington Post gave the claim the dreaded "Four Pinocchios."

By NTK Staff | 09.11.2018 @10:00am
Two Nonpartisan Fact-Checks Label Dems’ Anti-Kavanaugh Talking Point ‘False’

A few brief seconds of last week’s confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh became a viral moment for many of the liberals opposed to his elevation to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh, the groups claimed, conflated birth control with abortion.

One tweet, from a Planned Parenthood aide, had more than 12,000 retweets as of Tuesday morning:

Democratic senators already opposed to Kavanaugh – in particular Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a possible 2020 presidential candidate – also picked up on the moment, with some deceptive editing thrown in.

The only problem? The claims made by these liberal groups, and U.S. senators, are completely false.

PolitiFact ruled on Monday:

In Harris’ tweet, Kavanaugh appears to define contraception as abortion-inducing. But the video failed to include a crucial qualifier: “They said.” In fact, he was citing the definition of the religious group Priests for Life. He has not expressed his personal view.

The fact-checker gave Harris’s claims a “False,” which is one rating off of their worst possible rating, a “Pants on Fire.”

The Washington Post‘s Fact Checker, meanwhile, gave the claims their worst possible rating: “Four Pinocchios.”

But a plain reading of Kavanaugh’s answer during the hearings shows that it is broadly consistent with his written opinion. One can question why he used the phrase “abortion-inducing drugs” rather than “abortion-inducing products” or “abortifacients.” But it’s pretty clear from the context that he was quoting the views of the plaintiffs rather than offering a personal view.

The Post pointed out that Kavanaugh’s dissent not only makes regular distinctions between abortion and contraception, but that Kavanaugh specifically notes the government has “a compelling interest in facilitating women’s access to contraception.”

What’s more, the Post probably summed up best what should happen in the wake of these fact-checks: Harris “and her fellow Democrats should drop this talking point.”

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