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Nurses' statement on GOP lawmakers mocking women on the House Floor

The following statement from the Michigan Nurses Association is from Julia Morrissey, RN. She and other registered nurses were participating in a Lobby Day at the Capitol today to advocate for the Safe Patient Care Act (safe nurse-patient ratios in hospitals).

“I don’t find this funny at all, especially since these are the men making laws that stop many women from having access to life-saving health care. I’m incredibly offended that as my fellow nurses and I were hard at work advocating for patients and nurses all across the state, these male lawmakers were casually poking fun at the women of Michigan. It’s a disgusting display of how arrogant and out of touch they are."

Background: As three Republican male lawmakers posed for a photograph on the House Floor reading fashion magazines, one of them said: “Don’t say we don’t understand women.” News report and photo: