Remember late last month when The Daily Beast reported that Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement had sparked a run on IUDs?
Justice Kennedy's retirement has sparked a push to get IUDs https://t.co/ZeUgfV1HPV
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) June 27, 2018
That “flurry of tweets” urging women to stock up on birth control was actually two tweets. Two.
Now The Daily Beast has gone back to the well and floated the idea that contraception could be banned under Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Forget abortion or same-sex marriage—contraception could be banned under Justice Kavanaugh https://t.co/W8qg7txtFQ
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) July 10, 2018
So where did The Daily Beast’s Jay Michaelson get this idea? He writes:
… While dissenting in favor of the Catholic religious organization objecting to the [Affordable Care Act’s contraception] requirement, Kavanaugh wrote that “the Government has a compelling interest in facilitating women’s access to contraception” because of a variety of factors, such as “reducing the number of unintended pregnancies would further women’s health, advance women’s personal and professional opportunities, reduce the number of abortions, and help break a cycle of poverty.”
That doesn’t sound like a man intent on banning contraception. “It is reasonable to wonder whether Judge Kavanaugh’s dicta in Priests for Life suggests more flexibility on contraception and abortion than hard-right conservatives would like,” Michaelson continues.
So why the scare headline, aside from acting as click-bait?
“Could be” is the most telling in your tweet
— gillian (@gillianbdoll) July 10, 2018
Yeah, 'cause that's TOTALLY gonna happen… https://t.co/LWQix4vVJK
— justturnright (@justturnright) July 11, 2018
Also, cats might be banned. That’s what I heard.
— B. Miller (@BlaiseInKC) July 10, 2018
And oxygen. He's going ban oxygen. And puppies. And he's going to make Macarena the national anthem.
It's a good thing repealing net neutrality already killed us or the next couple decades would be insufferable.
— Antonio Martinez (@djtechchicago) July 10, 2018
SMDH With this tweet pic.twitter.com/3cm6qSNyk2
— Ex-Dem??Latina (@ExDemLatina) July 10, 2018
overreaction Twitter at its finest.
— mATTHEW (@iMATTHEWRYAN) July 10, 2018
Acting like a hysterical 12 year old girl in a haunted house is ill becoming.
— Dr Hugo Z Hackenbush (@MangyLover) July 10, 2018
Your unjustified hysterics are noted for future mocking. Bigger name on the other line right now.
— Toxic Masculini-G (@TCC_Grouchy) July 10, 2018
Conservatives don't want to ban contraception. More than a few of us want it in the drinking water.
— YelloPaddedCell (@YelloPaddedCell) July 10, 2018
Do you try and top yourself with your blatantly ridiculous ridiculousness?
— Covfefeconservatopia (@WTPatty) July 10, 2018
Absurd. This is why the left is losing. It is becoming ridiculous.
— Feckless Crosspatch (@VictorB123) July 10, 2018
I can’t even take you seriously when you’re that over the top hyperbolic and sensationalist. You’re an instigator, and it’s frankly ridiculous.
— T.J. Abell (@tabelljr) July 10, 2018
Yes. That’s EXACTLY what will happen. pic.twitter.com/bY4aAmC5m1
— NancyBellicec (@Nancy_Bellicec) July 10, 2018
False dilemma is so over-played
— ImJustaBill (@Bill_Sos) July 10, 2018
— The Peoples Robot (@Red_Eye_Robot) July 10, 2018
— Lady L. North (@LadyLNorth) July 10, 2018
SCOTUS doesn’t write law.
Well, they aren’t supposed to, anyway.
Also, this is a fabricated issue. Nobody on the right plans to ban birth control.
— B30Wu1f (@B30wu1f2) July 10, 2018
Yeah. Right. pic.twitter.com/M49rCWG9oX
— Justice Duchess of Bourbon Anna D (@AnnaDsays) July 10, 2018
"could be" Don't worry, dude, K is quoted as saying that he considers Roe v Wade to be settled law. That means you Dems can still murder all the babies you want. But maybe I won't have to foot the bill for it any more.
— Natasha Fatale, Pottsylvanian Spy & Bombshell (@N_Fatale) July 10, 2018
Just think how much could be accomplished if Dems stopped with the scare tactics and actually worked on real issues. What a waste of energy.
— Barbara Pintoro (@bythebaroness) July 10, 2018
You're an idiot.
If you actually wrote this and believe it, you are a total moron. But I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and presume you're too smart to believe this, and you just think @thedailybeast readers are the idiots.#IntellectualDishonesty #MediaBias #Kavanaugh pic.twitter.com/lOtQwYGVeJ
— (((L.N. Smithee))) (@LNSmithee) July 11, 2018
Daily Beast: Women urged to stock up on birth control thanks to Justice Kennedy's retirement https://t.co/7XH76c7sE4
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 27, 2018