U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, the Democratic nominee for governor, spoke out against the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling tonight on a national telephone town hall hosted by NARAL Pro-Choice America. More than 3,000 people participated in the call.
"The Hobby Lobby ruling is an outrageous affront to a woman's right to access basic health care services," Michaud said. "The ruling sets a dangerous precedent that opens up the door to discrimination in the workplace under the guise of religion while putting women at risk. This is not the direction in which we should be moving."
On the call, Michaud and NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue educated voters about new legislation in Congress that aims to reverse the Hobby Lobby ruling. Michaud is a co-sponsor of the legislation.
In addition, the call served as an opportunity to energize and engage voters who care deeply about this issue.
"We continue to see attacks on women's rights on the state and national level, and the Hobby Lobby ruling is just the most recent example. These attacks are staggering in their intrusion into the most basic and personal decisions women make about how and when and with whom to start a family. The impacts are real and disturbing," Michaud said. "Now we need to take this frustration and outrage and use it to institute real change at the ballot box in November by electing leaders that value and respect every individual to make personal health care decisions."