No questions about reproductive rights at Democratic debate

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Some Democratic presidential candidates and prominent Democratic women say that Thursday’s presidential debate should have included questions on issues like abortion and the gender pay gap.

After the debate, candidates including California Sen. Kamala Harris, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) all said that the issue, a motivator for Democratic voters, should have been included.

The issue of abortion has emerged as a central topic in the 2020 presidential race. Earlier this year, some Republican-controlled states passed fetal heartbeat bills, which outlaw abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The new restrictions, passed as anti-abortion activists and lawmakers are emboldened by the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, have made support for abortion a key stance for Democratic candidates.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., responds to a question Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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