Booker on reproductive rights: 'Women should not be the only ones taking up this cause and this fight'

Booker on reproductive rights: 'Women should not be the only ones taking up this cause and this fight'

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBlack caucus in Nevada: 'Notion that Biden has all of black vote is not true' The Hill's 12:30 Report: House managers to begin opening arguments on day two Patrick backs reparations in unveiling 'Equity Agenda for Black Americans' MORE (D-N.J.) said during Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate that more men need to be standing up for women's reproductive rights, which he said are under attack in America.

"Women should not be the only ones taking up this cause and this fight," Booker said during the event in Ohio.

"It's not just because women are our daughters and our friends and our wives. It's because women are people," he added.

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Booker's comments came after Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' Panel: Is Kamala Harris a hypocrite for mulling a Joe Biden endorsement? The Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power MORE (D-Calif.) called out the debate and participants for not talking more about abortion rights during the conversation about health care plans. 

Booker acknowledged Harris, saying the 2020 Democratic field needs to focus more on women's health care.

A moderator said there would be more questions on reproductive rights later in the debate. 

As was the case in previous Democratic primary debates, health care was a central focus on Tuesday evening, with a sharp divide between candidates who support a "Medicare for All" proposal and those who balk at its cost, saying Democrats should instead be trying to build on ObamaCare.