Missourians Rally for Religious Freedom
JEFFERSON CITY - More than 100 Missourians gathered at the state capitol Friday to protest the Obama administration mandate for contraceptive coverage by health insurance. The Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate says all workplace insurers must provide services without copay or other charge through their health care plans. Those services include contraceptives.
Protesters at the "Stand Up for Religious Freedom" rally said the mandate goes against their beliefs and restricts their religious freedom.
"It is forcing us, coercing us to support practices which are against my faith," said protester Claudia Galbreaith.
Protestors said that they want to defend their religious freedom and hoped catch the eye of lawmakers.
"We want to get the attention of our representatives and our leaders," Galbreaith said.
"We hope to reawaken the people in the area and the whole country," co-coordinator Kathy Forck said.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has previously said she backs the mandate. Her office would not comment on the rally Friday.
The Jefferson City rally was part of a nationwide movement against the mandate. One hundred sixty-four cities across the nation hosted similar rallies Friday.