Ted Cruz has no idea how birth control works

Cruz should probably review his facts on contraception since he hates it so much

Published October 11, 2013 7:04PM (EDT)

  (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
(AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

During a Friday appearance at the 2013 Values Voter Summit, famous reproductive health expert Ted Cruz gestured emphatically with his hands while saying completely false things about birth control.

The Affordable Care Act, which Cruz does not like one bit, requires most employers to cover birth control, including emergency contraception. Cruz told the crowd, incorrectly, that emergency contraception is an "abortifacient." He said this wrong thing twice, for emphasis.

Emergency contraception is not an abortion-inducing drug, even though lots of anti-abortion activists like to say that it is. (Also, actual abortion-inducing drugs, like RU-486, are a completely safe and effective form of reproductive health care; so chill, Ted Cruz.)

You can watch Cruz be wrong here (beginning at 2:33):

By Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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