Date published: June 25, 2012
Following the success of a similar effort last March, pro-life and Christian activist leaders organized rallies in cities across the nation for June 8 to voice the overwhelming opposition Americans have toward President Obama's contraception mandate, which will require that all employers - including religious institutions - provide free birth control to their employees. Organized by the Pro-life Action League and Citizens for a Prolife Society, the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally was organized in some 160 cities across the nation. As this magazine goes to press, the rally is still 48 hours away, but organizers say they expect the rally to bring out an estimated 75,000 individuals, as families, churches, and groups gather publicly to hear from religious and pro-life leaders, pray, and express their opposition to the mandate, which was announced in late January by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The rally date, which coincides with the 223rd anniversary of the introduction of the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Congress, "is being staged in anticipation of the Supreme Court's expected ruling in late June on the Affordable Care Act, including the controversial Department of Health and Human Services mandate requiring most private employers to provide co-pay-free contraceptive and sterilization coverage in health-care plans," reported the National Catholic Register.