Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Says Federal Government Cannot Force Christian Organizations to Pay for Abortion Drugs

With the U.S. Supreme Court building in the background, Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence prior to meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 10, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has stated that the federal government cannot compel Christian organizations to provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs.

Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, asked Kavanaugh on Thursday during a Senate hearing about the case Priests for Life et al. v. United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Kavanaugh, a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, had authored a dissent against the court’s decision to reject Priests for Life’s petition for an appeal. He explained during the hearing why he supported the group Priests for Life’s argument that the HHS preventive services mandate violated their religious liberty.

“Under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the question was first was this a substantial burden on their religious exercise, and it seemed to me quite clearly it was,” said Kavanaugh, who was nominated by President Donald Trump in July to replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

“It was a technical matter of filling out a form in that case, but they said filling out a form would make them complicit in the provision of the abortion-inducing drugs they were, as a religious manner, objected to.”

Kavanaugh noted that it “seemed to me that the government had avenues to ensure that the coverage was provided without doing so on the backs of the religious objectors.”

His choice of the words “abortion-inducing drugs” riled up abortion activists, who argue that contraception “prevents” pregnancy rather than terminates it.

NARAL Pro-Choice America tweeted, “Kavanaugh just referred to birth control as ‘abortion-inducing drugs,’ which is not only an anti-science lie, it’s an anti-choice extremist phrase that shows that our right to access both abortion and contraception would be in SERIOUS danger if he is confirmed. #StopKavanaugh.”

But pro-life advocates have long maintained that certain contraceptive drugs, such as Ella, do cause abortions.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski