Rep. Kathy Hochul, D-Amherst, Erie County, was booed at her own town hall meeting on Friday morning in Lancaster, Erie County.
The packed crowd was critical of Hochul for supporting President Obama’s plan to require religiously affiliated employers, such as hospitals and schools, to provide full contraception coverage to female employees.
The plan was later altered. It now calls for those workers to get free contraceptive coverage from health insurers, thus sparing religious based groups, morally opposed to paying for birth control, from having to do so. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said that it still had concerns.
Even though Hochul’s town hall meeting was open to any topic, the large crowd focused on the contraception coverage issue.
When Hochul spoke in support of the president, the crowd booed. Many in the audience carried signs, including one that read, “Kathy why have you betrayed our Catholic institutions?”
The meeting was heavily publicized on Catholic radio and many Catholic organizations encouraged people to attend and discuss the contraception issue.
Hochul represents the 26th District, which includes Clarkson, Ogden, Riga, Sweden and Wheatland, most of Greece and Parma and small parts of Hamlin and Chili. It also includes Livingston, Wyoming and Genesee counties, and parts of Orleans, Niagara and Erie counties. Voter enrollment is 33 percent Democratic, 39 percent Republican.