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Next nationwide anti-HHS mandate rallies scheduled for June 8

Kathleen Gilbert

April 24, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The organizers of last month’s nationwide rallies against the HHS mandate forcing religious employers to cover all birth control, including abortifacient drugs, have announced that a new wave of opposition to the Obama administration’s rule is on its way.

Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League announced last week that the next Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallies, which drew over 63,000 Americans in 146 cities on March 23, will take place on June 8.

The national team’s website directs those interested in leading rallies in new cities to contact the group for details.

The controversy surrounding the birth control coverage rule, due for implementation in 2013, has failed to abate since the finalized rule was announced earlier this year.

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Dialogue with the U.S. Catholic bishops fell apart soon after the rule was announced when USCCB President Cardinal Dolan complained that administration officials instructed him to listen to the “enlightened” opinion of left-wing Catholics supporting the mandate, such as the Jesuit-run magazine America.

More recently, the flames were fanned when Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria issued a strongly-worded homily last weekend urging the faithful to oppose President Obama’s “extreme secularist” agenda at the ballot box, especially in light of the HHS mandate. The bishop was subsequently hit with an IRS complaint from a national secularist lobby group.

Last month, ralliers promised that their opposition to the rule wouldn’t end with the day’s events, which in some areas saw thousands-strong crowds coming out despite pouring rain.

“The Obama administration failed utterly to care for the American people when it passed a piece of health legislation and chose as its partner Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, instead of Christian healthcare networks and Cardinal Dolan,” Eric Scheidler told LifeSiteNews.com. “They should have been their partner, not Cecile Richards.”

Scheidler said that 86 cities so far have signed up again for the rally, and he urged leaders in new cities to join the movement.

“Most of the Rally Captains from the March 23 Rally have signed back on for June 8, but the door is now open for new Rally Captains to join the team,” he said. “If your city isn’t on the Rally map, put it on by volunteering to be a Rally Captain. My staff and I are ready to help every step of the way, from choosing a site and getting permits to enlisting guest speakers and working with the media.”

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