Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders faced off in Brooklyn for the ninth Democratic debate ahead of the pivotal New York primary.
While CNN continued its tradition of asking the usual and generally predictable set of questions, Clinton made sure to point out how the news channel’s moderators didn’t ask the Democratic candidates a single — seriously, not even one — question about women’s reproductive rights in any of their debates.
“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,” Clinton said.
“And in the meantime we have states, governors doing everything they can to restrict women’s rights,” she continued. “We have a presidential candidate by the name of Donald Trump saying that women should be punished. And we are never asked about this.”
The lack of discussion on women’s health, particularly abortion rights, throughout the course of Democratic debates and town halls has been under debate for quite some time. It wasn’t until a March Fox News town hall that a moderator questioned either candidate on the issue.
It’s somewhat understandable for CNN, or any other network for that matter, to ignore the subject during Republican presidential events since the GOP is staunchly anti-choice. However, most Democrats, and particularly Clinton and Sanders, are pro-choice, making it all the more necessary for moderators to discuss what perhaps is one of the most pressing issues of current times.
“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,” Clinton continued at the CNN event this week.
Since abortion is one of the few topics that has both the Democratic presidential hopefuls on the same page, Sanders also chimed in with his “100 percent pro-choice voting record.” If elected, he promised to “take on those Republican governors who are trying to restrict a woman’s right to choose” and to expand Planned Parenthood’s funding instead of defunding it.