Rally for religious liberty set at state capitol

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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and John L. Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention, will join with other religious leaders from around the state for a Rally for Religious Liberty Tuesday, March 27, at the Missouri State Capitol.

The rally will begin with registration at 10 a.m. and the opportunity to visit with legislators. Religious leaders and public officials will deliver speeches starting at noon. Bishop John Gaydos of the Diocese of Jefferson City will lead the opening prayer.

The rally is being promoted by the Missouri Catholic Conference, Missouri Right to Life and the Missouri Baptist Convention. Other religious organizations are being invited to participate.

The rally will protest the new mandate promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services that forces employers, including the Catholic Church and other religious institutions, to provide coverage for abortion-producing drugs, sterilizations and contraception.

The rally will call on Congress to pass S 1467 and HR 1179, both of which seek to overturn the federal health care mandate. The rally also will call on the Missouri General Assembly to pass SB 749, which would prohibit the federal government from forcing religious institutions to offer health coverage for abortion-producing drugs, sterilizations or contraception.

The Missouri Catholic Conference will provide more details about the rally in the coming weeks. Visit mocatholic.org for more information.

For information on transportation, call the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate at (314) 792-7555.

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