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June 7, 2012


Concerned citizens will gather to defend religious freedom and voice opposition to the
HHS mandate violating their rights of conscience

Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallies will take place around the country this Friday including in Philadelphia. These religious freedom gatherings are in opposition to the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate of January 20th. At that time, HHS reaffirmed a mandate that virtually all private health care plans must cover sterilization, abortion-causing drugs, and contraception.
Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. has called it "bad law with very dangerous implications."

Catholics from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will join with other pro-life supporters tomorrow at the rally in Philadelphia.

Friday, June 8, 2012
12:00 p.m.
Independence Mall/Liberty Bell
520 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Scheduled speakers include: Bishop Timothy Senior, Archdiocese of Philadelphia; Dr. Matthew Franck, Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute; Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, President of Neumann University; Mr. Ronald Rak, President and CEO of Saint Peter's Healthcare System; Dr. Bill Williams, Past President of the Catholic Medical Association; Lori Windham, Senior Counsel of the Becket Fund; Samuel Casey, Managing Director and General Counsel for the Jubilee Campaign's Law of Life Project; and Reverend Joseph Watkins, Pastor of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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Editor's Note: For more information please contact Mr. Steven Bozza, Director of the Respect Life Office, at (215) 587-5661. 152 cities in 48 states will be hosting Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallies on June 8th. The rally takes place on the 223rd anniversary of the day James Madison introduced the Bill of Rights to the United States Congress.

Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist

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