After 8 debates and no questions about abortion, Hillary Clinton showed she didn’t need to be asked.

One of the most illuminating moments from last night’s debate.

After 8 debates and no questions about abortion, Hillary Clinton showed she didn’t need to be asked.

One of the most illuminating moments from last night’s debate.

A woman’s right to safe and legal abortion is under attack across America. And as Hillary Clinton said at last night’s Democratic debate in Brooklyn, New York, the stakes are too high not to be talking about it.

According to a report released yesterday by the Guttmacher Institute, politicians across the country have introduced 411 new abortion restrictions in just the first three months of 2016. Twenty-one have already been enacted.

In addition to these outright attacks on abortion, Republicans are working to chip away at women’s health care by defunding Planned Parenthood and restricting access to birth control. And right now, the Supreme Court is deciding a case that is the biggest challenge to Roe v. Wade in a generation.


Here’s what Hillary said:

We’ve had eight debates before. This is our ninth. We’ve not had one question about a woman’s right to make her own decisions about reproductive health care. Not one question.

And in the meantime, we have states, governors, doing everything they can to restrict women’s rights. We have a presidential candidate by the name of Donald Trump saying that women should be punished, and we are never asked about this. And—to be complete in my concern—Senator Sanders said, with respect to Trump, it was a distraction.

I don’t think it’s a distraction. It goes to the heart of who we are as women—our rights, our autonomy, our ability to make our own decisions. And we need to be talking about that and defending Planned Parenthood from these outrageous attacks.

Watch the full response:

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