Rallies By Religious Groups Protest Health Mandate

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The rhetoric over health care reform will likely hit a new high in the coming days: the Supreme Court is set to weigh in next week. But in Dallas, Fort Worth, and in cities around the nation Friday, religious conservatives gathered by the hundreds for noon time rallies to make their voices heard.

“I hope our judicial branch finds it unconstitutional,” says Clare Falconer, “because I do believe that it is.”

The Falconer family was in North Texas on a college visit when they heard about the noon time rally at Dallas City Hall and decided to attend. “We would have gone to one in Wisconsin had we been at home, so we decided to come to one, here.”

For many religious groups, the flash point for months concerning the Affordable Care Act had been the mandate requiring employers to cover preventative care for women—including contraception.

Kathleen Conklin says she opposes the mandates because it violates her catholic faith. “We can in no way support in any way, shape or form or even have within our institutions the availability of something that goes against our faith, plain and simple. We cannot even make it available, it’s core to our beliefs.”

Federal officials counter that exceptions have been made for religious organizations. And just last month, President Obama made additional concessions. According to the White House press office, “Contraception coverage will be offered to women by their employers’ insurance company directly, with no role for religious employers who oppose contraception.”

“We don’t believe that.” But, some at the rally—like Father Don McLane, a Rockwall Anglican priest, remain unconvinced. “We’ve been lied to before, we’ve been lied to and that’s what this is about right now.”

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One Comment

  1. altha says:

    If you don’t want it don’t take it stupid, so many pistol packing bible totin FOSSIL FOOLS.

  2. Lee Thomas says:

    Maybe it’s me, but hasn’t contraception always been covered by insurance? Contraception is available everywhere, no matter the age, and minors DO NOT need their parents consent. However, teen pregnancy is at an all time high and is even celebrated by the media!! Oh, by the way, we’ve been LIED TO by politicians since the first star was sown on the flag!! Now all of a sudden, we’re being lied to? REALLY?!!!!!

    1. TheNiteNurse says:

      Lee years ago when I first got married my insurance would NOT pay for my birth control pills. This I thought was odd because isn’t paying for pregnancy and babies more expensive. Later I read that it was a female pharmacist who brought it to the law makers that most insurance plans will pay for erectile dysfunction meds but not birth control. After that many more health insurance plans started covering birth control. It’s the 21st century and we are treating women like ignorant fools who don’t know what is best for their bodies and their lives. It’s time for women to speak up for their rights again.

  3. DallasGuy says:

    This really demonstrates the overbearing reach that religion thinks it has on our society, and how the belief of a few must be followed by everyone else. I don’t see how a woman (or anyone) can be denied something because of a religious dogma. Are we back in the dark ages???

    1. amazed says:

      It’s time for these religious organizations to be taxed, since they obviously no longer believe in separation of church and state.

  4. carnat01 says:

    Religion should have no influence on politics. Morality cannot be governed as we learned from Prohibition. Below is one of my favorite quotes that confirms to me that religion has no business in politics/government:
    “The national government will maintain and defend the foundations on which the power of our nation rests.
    It will offer strong protection to Christianity as the very basis of our collective morality.
    Today Christians stand at the head of our country. We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit.
    We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theatre, and in the press — in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of LIBERAL excess during the past years.”
    –Adolf Hitler

  5. TheNiteNurse says:

    We are slowly becoming like the Middle East. Believe in GOD or we will kill you! Didn’t the pilgrims come to this country so they could worship or not worship the way they wanted. Heck the most revered founding fathers Jefferson and Franklin were atheists. Abraham Lincoln never belong to a church. In our country we need to go back to respecting the seperating between church and state.

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