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Catholics here and nationwide protest federal plans to mandate birth control in employee health plans
Demonstrators call it an attack on religious freedom
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Northeast Ohio Catholics fill Willard Park in downtown Cleveland to protest the federal health care mandate.
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Hundreds of Northeast Ohio Catholics gathered in downtown Cleveland today to protest a planned federal healthcare policy. It was one of more than one-hundred similar demonstrations across the country against a mandate that employers include abortion drugs, contraceptives and sterilization in their employee health care coverage.                         
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The Catholic protesters call the federal health care mandate an attack on religious freedom. They say it goes against the church’s teachings by requiring employers, including Catholic institutions, to offer the birth control options in their insurance policies. Linda Warren of North Canton made the trip to Cleveland for the protest.


Warren:  “That is totally against Baptists, Lutheran, Catholic, some Jewish religions, and we cannot allow the government to do this. I think it’s time for the people sitting in the pews quietly to stand up and say we will not take this anymore. This is our freedom of religion and we cannot let this go.”


The employee health insurance mandate is part of President Obama’s national health care plan. Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court begins deciding if the president’s plan is legal.

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