September 6th, 2012 15:15 EST
Religious Liberty Americans Demand It
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. These "Stand Up for Religious Freedom" rallies will take place in cities coast to coast, including Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Minneapolis. The nationwide campaign is being sponsored by the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Coalition. A complete list of rally locations is available at StandUpRally.com.
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. "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."
"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. "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."
To date, Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies are being organized in 92 cities in 35 states, with more cities being added to the map daily. Tens of thousands of citizens are expected to take part in these peaceful, non-partisan demonstrations at local federal buildings, court houses, Congressional offices, city parks, and churches. Many of the rallies will be attended by heads of religious institutions and prominent community leaders.
Over 300 Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies took place in March and June, drawing over 125,000 participants.
Rally organizers are available for media interviews, nationally or in specific markets. To make arrangements, contact Tom Ciesielka at TC Public Relations, 312-422-1333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Monica M. Miller: 248-444-9096, email@example.com
Contact Eric J. Scheidler: 773-251-8792, firstname.lastname@example.org
About Citizens for a Pro-life Society
Citizens for a Pro-life Society is an activist organization, founded on Catholic principles of morality and social justice, dedicated to advocacy of the sanctity of human life, especially protection of the right to life of unborn children. They organize public demonstrations, educational programs, literature distribution, and conferences, and offer mothers in crisis pregnancy material and spiritual aid. For more information, go to www.prolifesociety.com.
About the Pro-Life Action League
The Pro-Life Action League was founded by Joe Scheidler in 1980 with the aim of saving babies from abortion through direct action. Not content to await a political or judicial solution to abortion, the League seeks to stop the killing of unborn children right now through all available peaceful means, including public protest, sidewalk counseling, education, youth outreach, and national leadership.