clock menu more-arrow no yes

There have now been seven Democratic debates. None have asked about abortion.

Scott Olson/Getty Images

There have been seven Democratic presidential debates so far, and none of them have featured any questions about abortion.

The candidates have mentioned reproductive rights on their own a few times, but not because a moderator raised the issue.

This omission has been a source of frustration for reproductive rights advocates. Tonight was no exception.

Advocates even petitioned the first all-woman debate moderator team at PBS to ask about it. It didn't work.

Granted, abortion hadn't been in the national news much before that debate. But there were also no questions about abortion at the debate following a shooting spree that killed three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. And there were no questions about abortion at this debate, days after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the biggest abortion case in decades.

This is a problem, advocates say, because a lot of people don't know how severely abortion is being restricted at the state level.

There's another Democratic debate on Wednesday night. Maybe the eighth time will be the charm.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for The Weeds

Get our essential policy newsletter delivered Fridays.