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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) tried to prove that Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh would seek to overturn Roe v.Wade in a tweet last week.

Her tweet was labeled false by Politfact because it contains a video that distorted remarks he made during his confirmation hearing.

In the video Harris tweeted, Kavanaugh was edited to say the following, which made it seem that he was speaking for himself on the issue:

“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.”

Harris called his remarks a “dog whistle” for going after abortion.

“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.”

Politifact rated her tweet ‘false” for taking Kavanaugh’s comments out of context.

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 Washington Post Fact Checker gave Harris four Pinocchios for the tweet as well.

Harris later tweeted the full version of the video, but stood by her original conclusion.

 

 




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