WASHINGTON, D.C., October 19, 2012, (LifeSiteNews) – Saturday at noon, thousands of people across the U.S. are expected to protest the Obama administration’s controversial HHS mandate, which requires employers to pay for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs, without exceptions for conscience.

The Stand Up Coalition is sponsoring 145 rallies for religious freedom in 43 states on Saturday, to be held at noon local time in each location. 

According to the group’s website, “[t]he Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom is a peaceful, family-friendly, non-partisan, ecumenical event” aimed at protesting the HHS birth control mandate and other attacks on religious liberty by the federal government.

The Stand Up Coalition is a group of dozens of pro-life and religious organizations from around the country that have come together to fight the HHS mandate and call attention to the issue of religious liberty.

“Each of the October 20 Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies is being locally sponsored and organized, so no two are quite alike,” its website states. “However, you can expect to see colorful signs and banners at the Rally, hear inspiring speeches about fighting the current attacks on religious freedom like the HHS Mandate and join in hymns and prayers for our nation.”

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The day of rallies is the third sponsored by the group, with previous rallies being held March 23 and June 8.  The group reports that more than 125,000 people participated in their previous rallies.

Supporters of the Stand Up rally have been promoting the event on Twitter using the hashtag #StandUpRally.

To see a website with a list of scheduled rallies, arranged alphabetically by state, click here.