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More Than 100 Cities Will Rally Against Obama HHS Mandate

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 9/12/12 1:17 PM

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Next month, thousands of pro-life advocates in more than 100 cities will engage in rallies to stand up for their religious freedom against the controversial HHS mandate the Obama administration put in place.

The mandate has upset pro-life advocates and church groups by making them be involved in getting abortion-causing drugs for women, birth control and sterilizations.

Matt Yonke of the Pro-Life Action League has more on the upcoming events:

With the October 20 Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallystill more than five weeks away, the list of Rally cities taking part just reached 105!

All over the country, Americans are standing up and demanding that their government respect their right to religious freedom.

This is the third Stand Up Rally co-sponsored by the Pro-Life Action League, Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and a coalition of other pro-life and pro-freedom groups committed to protecting our rights to religious freedom in the face of the unprecedented threat to them coming from our government today.

Check out the Rally Locations Page to see all the cities taking part and find a Rally near you. Don’t see one in your area? There’s still plenty of time to get one going. Just follow the directions you’ll find on the locations page to put in your application today!

In recent months, the media has been flooded with images of citizens gathering in city centers and lining the streets holding banners, waving signs, and speaking up for their religious freedom. Simultaneously, American courtrooms are now bursting with lawsuits brought by businesses and religious organizations demanding protection of their rights of conscience.

On Saturday, October 20, just 17 days before the national election, concerned Americans will again take to the streets and voice opposition to government oppression in the form of the “HHS Mandate” that violates their cherished religious freedom and requires them to violate their consciences.

The HHS Mandate was implemented on August 1st under a provision of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) that empowers the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to mandate that certain preventive services be provided free of copays in employer health plans. Under the HHS Mandate, all employers, even religious institutions, are now required to offer free contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees.

“Many people hoped the U.S. Supreme Court would undo the HHS Mandate by overturning Obamacare in their ruling this past June,” commented Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League and one of the co-directors of the Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies.

Scheidler told LifeNews: “But instead the court has left it to the people to reverse this unjust mandate through the democratic process. On October 20, we’ll be calling on the American people to vote for candidates who will overturn the HHS Mandate and restore religious liberty in America.”

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“The HHS Mandate is a completely unjust government intrusion into the very practice of religion itself, forcing religious institutions to compromise their doctrines and beliefs,” said Monica Miller, executive director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and also a co-director of the October 20 event.

Miller added, “This is a crucial issue as we head into the election, and it is vitally important to keep this issue alive. The Stand Up for Religious Freedom nationwide rallies are a powerful way to generate continued awareness that the HHS Mandate must be opposed — that this immoral law must be stopped.”

Over 300 Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies took place in March and June, drawing over 125,000 participants.