NEW BRITAIN \u2014 Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Central Connecticut State University on Wednesday, where she attacked the Republican-led effort to limit abortion access in over a dozen states, following this summer's Supreme Court decision allowing states to ban the procedure. Beyond the push to pass new laws restricting abortion, Harris warned that the justices had put the GOP on a \u201ctrajectory\u201d toward limiting rights that have been protected by court precedents for years and in some cases decades. \u201cAll of these hard-won rights are temporary unless we are vigilant in upholding them,\u201d Harris said, referring specifically to rights such as same-sex marriage and access to contraceptives. The Vice President's visit was widely seen as an effort to boost local Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, a two-term Democrat who is seen as one of her party's most vulnerable incumbents. In a nod to the timing of her visit, Harris quipped that \u201cthis is not a political event, but it is a fact that in 34 days we have a midterm election coming up.\u201d Hayes has made access to abortion a centerpiece of her campaign against Republican George Logan, a former state senator who has described himself as a defender of abortion rights. The congresswoman received a standing ovation as she took the stage at F. Don James Hall shortly before the vice president on Wednesday, and the overwhelmingly friendly audience continued to cheer as the two women held a roundtable discussion with Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson. \u201cThe rights of the people here in Connecticut could be at risk,\u201d Hayes said, striking at Republicans\u2019 dismissal of abortion rights as settled law in Connecticut. \u201cThe issue is real and important for so many in our state.\u201d Earlier in the afternoon, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, a CCSU alumnus, spoke briefly before Harris took the stage. Cardona said students\u2019 access to critical healthcare, including reproductive services, is vital to their success, but the high court\u2019s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade \u201chas sewn fear and confusion on college campuses.\u201d \u201cThis is 2022, not 1822,\u201d Cardona said. Gov. Ned Lamont also spoke briefly, saying that he wants to make Connecticut \u201cthe most family friendly state in the nation,\u201d including through a new paid family-and-medical leave program and greater access to daycare and childcare programs. The Democratic governor also championed the state's new legal protections for patients and doctors who travel across state lines to receive abortions. It was not the first time that Hayes and other Connecticut Democrats have used a visit by prominent Washington officials to draw attention to issues surrounding abortion access. In July, shortly after the Supreme Court overturned the longstanding precedent of its Roe v. Wade decision, Hayes hosted Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra for a visit to a Planned Parenthood clinic in her hometown of Waterbury. \u00a0During that visit, Hayes compared new laws being contemplated in states such as Texas and Missouri to crack down on women traveling to receive abortions to fugitive slave laws that proliferated prior to the Civil War.\u00a0 \u201cMuch like in the 1850s with the fugitive slave laws, there is half the country that is wrong,\u201d Hayes said at the time. \u00a0\u201cAnd we have to stand in intercession until we can bring these people along.\u201d In the months since, attack ads aired by national Democratic groups have described abortion rights as being "on the line," and accused Logan of failing to support the Roe v. Wade precedent. Logan \u2014 who said recently that he opposes an effort by members of his party to ban abortions nationally after 15 weeks of pregnancy \u2014 has accused Hayes and other Democrats of misconstruing his record on abortion, even going so far as threatening legal action against TV stations that air attack ads targeting him (to date, his campaign has taken no such action). In a phone call with reporters Wednesday morning, he described the vice president's visit as an attempt to distract voters from other issues such as the economy and inflation. "With our economy in a recession, people struggling to pay bills, put food on the table and heat their homes, we\u2019ve got an opioid epidemic exacerbated by the crisis at our border, violent crime keeping our communities from thriving," Logan said. "If it actually turns out as we\u2019re hearing that the sole topic of discussion today is going to be the Supreme Court\u2019s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, again I think it\u2019s a missed opportunity." When pressed to articulate the differences between himself and Hayes on the issue of abortion, however, Logan repeated a popular \u2014 and inaccurate \u2014 line of attack claiming that Democrats support abortion "until the moment of birth." He also said that he supports requiring parental notification for minors seeking access to abortions. Legislation passed by House Democrats, including Hayes, earlier this year would prevent states from limiting access to abortion prior to fetal viability, similar to the standard used by the Roe v. Wade precedent and Connecticut law. When asked about Logan\u2019s comments later on Wednesday, Hayes said that while she agreed that economic concerns were most pressing to voters in the 5th Congressional District, she said that many also see abortion rights as an immediately pressing issue following the court\u2019s ruling in June. \u201cPeople also recognize that the economy is cyclical and once women\u2019s reproductive rights are eviscerated, once those freedoms are gone, they're gone,\u201d Hayes said. \u201cSo this isn\u2019t something we can put on the shelf and come back to it.\u201d Reporter Jesse Leavenworth contributed to this report.