Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, listens during her introduction at an event in Ankeny, Iowa, on Aug. 26, 2015.
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By Tessa Berenson
August 27, 2015

Hillary Clinton swung hard at Republican candidates’ views on women’s health Thursday, comparing the GOP field to “terrorist groups.”

Speaking in Cleveland, Ohio Thursday, Clinton talked about Republicans’ attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, saying, “Extreme views about women – we expect that from some of the terrorist groups. We expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world. But it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States. Yet they expose of out of date and out of touch policies,” NBC reports.

Republican National Committee Press Secretary Allison Moore put out a statement saying, “For Hillary Clinton to equate her political opponents to terrorists is a new low for her flailing campaign. She should apologize immediately for her inflammatory rhetoric.”

Many members of the Republican field have called to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood in the wake of leaked videos showing employees discussing the sale of fetal tissue. Clinton’s comment represents another escalation in the emerging battle between Democrats and Republicans on this issue.

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