WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy on the court left by retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

During his highly politicized confirmation hearings earlier this month, Judge Brett Kavanaugh made one outstandingly ridiculous claim, amongst a sea of ridiculous claims. While answering questions about a 2015 dissent that he wrote, Kavanaugh stated that certain forms of birth control are “abortion-inducing drugs.”

The 2015 case involved a Catholic organization that brought suit over legal requirements that employers include contraception coverage in all available healthcare plans. The Catholic organization, Priests for Life, state that the legal requirement would violate the Religious Freedom Restoration act. This argument was made, despite the fact that the federal healthcare law allowqed for an exception that employers with religious objections could use alternative insurance companies to provide the necessary coverage for its employees.

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The U.S. birth rate has hit a 30-year low. The CDC reported that in 2016, the most recent available data, births totaled 3,941,109, down 1 percent from 2015. So is that good or bad? It depends.

In many ways, the report contains good news. For instance, births to teenagers between 15 and 19 years of age dropped 9 percent in the same one-year time period; even better, the birth rate for teens has dropped 51 percent since 2007. This is generally viewed as a positive, as babies born to teenagers are at higher risk for health issues such as low birth weight and developmental delays; are more likely to drop out of school, end up in foster care or prison; and are significantly more likely to grow up in poverty.

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