by Andrew Bair

Across the nation, thousands of pro-life Americans gathered on Saturday to protest President Obama’s HHS mandate, which compels institutions to provide health insurance plans that cover certain drugs or procedures, even if it violates the groups’ religious and moral convictions. The “Stand Up For Religious Freedom” rallies held on Saturday carried with them a sense of urgency with the November election less than 20 days away. While the event was not held to rally for particular candidates, an overarching theme was action. Pro-life Americans cannot in good conscience sit this election out.

Alex Swetz, the president of Students for Life of Franciscan University of Steubenville, attended the rally in Steubenville, Ohio and told LifeNews, “After recognizing the injustice of the disposal of religious liberty, today’s youth is obligated to fight against the force imposing such evil. By withholding our votes we are saying we really don’t care about the outcome of the battle. That is just as wrong.”

Eileen Crosby, a 24-year old social worker in Steubenville, who also attended the rally, told LifeNews, “In the course of my work at a Catholic hospital I administer to some of our society’s most vulnerable but the healthcare mandates from the Obama Administration make me increasingly nervous that I may have to choose between my career and my conscience.”

With Ohio likely to determine the outcome of the presidential race, the seven rallies in the Buckeye State could not come at a better time. “The rallies across Ohio have been fantastic. We are so grateful for our affiliated chapters who have put so much time and effort into planning these. It has been truly inspiring to see so many people come out, taking the time out of their busy days, to stand up and support religious freedom,” said Erin Cain, Director of External Affairs at Ohio Right to Life.

At rallies across Ohio, volunteers for the National Right to Life Committee distributed pro-life comparison pieces on the candidates running for federal offices.

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