Religious rallies in Evansville, Owensboro draw hundreds
March 23, 2012 at 4:23 PM CDT - Updated June 26 at 8:07 PM
There was a huge rally Friday in both Evansville and Owensboro protesting the HHS Mandate.
That's the mandate that requires all employer health plans to provide free contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs regardless of moral or religious objections.
14 News cameras were at both rallies as the protestors made their case.
More than 400 people gathered at the Federal Building in Evansville for the Stand Up For Religious Freedom rally.
They are protesting a mandate that they say interferes with religious freedom.
"It really isn't anything the government should have anything to do with. It's none of their business," said protestor Sarah Bibb.
These 400 people joined 300 more in Owensboro and in cities and towns across the nation, all hosting Stand Up For Religious Freedom rallies.
The mandate will force religious institutions to pay for services that, these protestors say, directly contradict their faith.
In February, the president offered a compromise, having health insurance companies, not churches, to pay for these services for religious institution's employees, but the Stand Up For Religious Freedom founders say that was no compromise at all because they say the government is still telling these institutions to provide these services.
"We're not zealots. This is the first time I've done anything like this," said protestor Kathy Hubert.
But in the end, many of these protestors say it's religious freedom that's at stake with HHS Mandate.
"Hopefully get the government to change their minds on this mandate, to get out of the church's business," said protestor Tom Lehman.
Besides Friday's rallies, the group is asking anyone who feels the same way to call the capitol switchboard and ask their congressmen and senators to overturn the HHS Mandate.
For more information, you can visit the Stand Up for Religious Freedom, click here.