Capitol rally criticizes federal health care policies

Asher Newlon, left, and Savannah Moehlman, both 7, stand on the steps for pictures by proud parents after the conclusion of Friday’s Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally at the Capitol. Newlon’s mom, Gina, was one of the event’s speakers.

Asher Newlon, left, and Savannah Moehlman, both 7, stand on the steps for pictures by proud parents after the conclusion of Friday’s Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally at the Capitol. Newlon’s mom, Gina, was one of the event’s speakers. Photo by Julie Smith.

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The crowd stood and sang a patriotic song at the conclusion of Friday’s Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally on the Capitol’s south lawn.

A rally at the Missouri Capitol has drawn about 200 people opposing a federal mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance that includes coverage of contraception.

Friday’s rally was one of dozens being held in cities throughout the country.

Speakers at the Jefferson City event said contraception, sterilization and abortion violate their moral beliefs. They said a government policy requiring insurance coverage for such things encroaches on religious freedom.

Bishop John Gaydos, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City, was among those taking part. Gaydos says all Americans suffer without religious freedom and that the ability to have a free, creative and robust society is at stake.

Read additional coverage of this event in our newspaper or e-Edition for Saturday, June 9, 2012.

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