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 BookerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race Poll: Biden support hits record low of 26 percent The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump demands Bidens testify 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 HarrisJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal Women who inspired 'Hidden Figures' film will be honored with congressional gold medals 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.