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Birth Control Mandate Protests

Rallies were held simultaneously across the country Friday as part of "The Stand Up For Religious Freedom Movement."   People in 140 cities including Rochester and Canandiagua participated. 
Rallies were held simultaneously across the country Friday as part of "The Stand Up For Religious Freedom Movement."   People in 140 cities including Rochester and Canandiagua participated.  They are taking a stand against the new health care mandate requiring employers to provide insurance coverage with free birth control including The Morning After Pill.  "We do have a right to make any decision we choose to make in our life, but the government should not mandate those rights," said Betsey Ripton, who attended the rally.

A number of religious institutes have filed lawsuits challenging the rule.  They want employers with  moral objections to be able to opt out.  "We feel the HHS mandate has gone much too far and trampled on the rights of individuals, churches and organizations,"  said Dr. Barbara Frederickson, organizer. 

A silent march was held in Canandaigua.  "I know this makes a very powerful statement of the core values that so many Americans have that we feel is being taken away with the HHS mandate," said Deacon Claude Lester, St. Mary's Church.

Supporters say it's about basic health care needs.  Opponents say there are more than 8-thousand clinics across the country that offer birth control at little to no cost.   "The way to speak up in our country because we are a Democratic republic is to vote," said Dr. Frederickson.  "You vote out the people that are causing the problem."
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