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October 9, 2016 / Press Releases

NARAL statement on presidential debate

October 9, 2016

NARAL Pro-Choice America National President Ilyse Hogue released the following statement in response to tonight’s presidential debate:

“Tonight, Donald Trump reinforced how unfit and unhinged he is, and just how wrong he’ll be for women and families in the White House. His comments in the video released Friday clearly referred to his desire to sexually assault women, and he still wouldn’t acknowledge that tonight. He’s the embodiment of misogyny and rape culture in this country. Combine all that with his claim that there should be some form of punishment for women who have an abortion, and you’ve got a woman’s worst nightmare in the White House.

“Hillary Clinton did us proud tonight. She didn’t back down to a bully, instead using her time to communicate her plans to keep this country great. While we’re disappointed the moderators didn’t ask a single question about abortion tonight, Hillary Clinton brought up reproductive rights herself with her plan to protect Roe v. Wade at the Supreme Court. She has continuously put women front and center during this campaign and throughout her career, unlike her opponent who has spent his life belittling us, demeaning us, and worse. We’re so proud of her tonight.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”


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