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Harris, Booker Draw Applause on Women's Healthcare

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Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. (John Minchillo/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 15 October 2019 09:14 PM

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., drew a large round of applause during Tuesday night's debate when she said her fellow candidates when talking about the importance of healthcare, had barely brought up the issue of women's access to reproductive healthcare programs.

"This is the sixth debate we have had in this presidential cycle. Not one word with all of these discussions about healthcare, on women's access to reproductive healthcare. It's outrageous," Harris said.

"There are states that have passed laws that will virtually prevent women from having access to reproductive health care," she added. "It's not an exaggeration to say women will die because these Republican legislatures in these various states who are out of touch with America are telling women what to do with their bodies. Women are the majority of the population in this country. People need to keep their hands off of women's bodies and let women make decisions about their own lives."

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., a few minutes later, also drew applause when he quipped that it should not only be women who are talking about women's healthcare issues. 

"We have another healthcare debate and we're not talking about the clear and existential threat in America that we are in a state that has had two Planned Parenthoods closed," Booker said from the Ohio venue. "We are seeing all over this country women's reproductive rights under attack. God bless Kamala. Women should not be the only ones taking up this cause and this fight . . . It's not just because women are our daughters and our friends and our wives. It's because women are people. People deserve to control their own bodies."

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., drew a large round of applause during Tuesday night's debate when she said her fellow candidates when talking about the importance of healthcare, had barely brought up the issue of women's access to reproductive healthcare programs.
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