Tens of thousands of Americans stormed as many as 164 U.S. cities in nationwide rallies against Obamacare and its contraception mandate today.
The “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” protests come as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to make its decision this month on the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act.
As many church leaders and outspoken critics have warned, Obamacare mandates that all institutions – including religious schools and hospitals – offer employees and students with health care that offers contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.
The “Stand Up For Religious Freedom” rallies are a project of the Pro-Life Action League, united with 70 other organizations. The groups are demanding President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius withdraw mandates requiring nearly all private health insurance plans to cover the prescription contraceptive drugs and devices, surgical sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs, such as Plan B.
WND attended the rally in Washington, D.C., where several members of Congress, including Rep. Michele Bachmann, R.-Minn., spoke in addition to former ambassador Alan Keyes and pro-life and religious leaders. The Washington rally was organized by Jack Ames of Defend Life.
Rep. Bachmann was cheered by the crowd as she greeted them, saying, “It’s a beautiful day for lovers of life.”
“[I]t was three years to the day after Barack Obama’s inauguration – three years to the day – that we saw Barack Obama’s true colors when it came to religious liberty,” she told the crowd. “And we saw that as he signed the health-care mandate for Obamacare.
“[T]his president, on that day of his inauguration, lifted up his right hand and he swore before all of America to that he would uphold and defend and protect the Constitution of the United States. But he had had no problem telling the religious organizations and religious oriented people of this nation that they must be forced to violate their religious beliefs under his health-care mandate. Never before, in the history of the United States of America, has this government required an employer to provide health insurance that would include taxpayer-subsidized abortion; that would mandate the provision of contraception; that would mandate sterilization; and abortion-causing pills. We know this wrong.”
Bachmann declared that the fight against Obama’s dictates are a “heart and soul” fight for religious liberty. (Her entire speech can be seen at the end of this article.)
Her colleagues from the U.S. House, Andy Harris, M.D., R-Md., Trent Franks, R-Ariz., and Steve King, R-Iowa, addressed the crowd as well.
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