Chicago Rally Protests Federal Insurance Requirement

CHICAGO (CBS) — Opponents of the Obama administration’s birth control coverage mandate rallied in the Loop Friday afternoon as part of protests across the country.

About 300 people, according to police estimates, stood in rainy Federal Plaza carrying signs that read “Stand up for Religious Freedom” and yellow balloons adorned with the word LIFE.

Mary FioRito, with the Chicago Archdiocese, says that for decades religious schools and charitable organizations have existed without being forced to cover contraception.

Other speakers at the hour-long rally included U.S. Reps. Joe Walsh and Dan Lipinski.

Democrat Lipinski dismissed the administration’s exception to the rule, saying not even Jesus would qualify.

Republican Walsh fired up the crowd, saying the government cannot tell him to defy his conscience.

Initially, protest leaders had a hard time being heard because their speakers weren’t working.

Organizers blamed the officials in the nearby Kluczynski Federal Building for shutting off their power, which was eventually turned on.

Carrie Shannon drove almost two hours from McHenry Township to protest against the mandate, which she equates with an attack on faith.

The Stand up for Religious Freedom Rallies — organizers say they took place in 100 cities — come on the second anniversary of the passage of President Obama’s healthcare reform plan.

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  • Cynic

    Newies, if they even cover this at 5\610, will bury it as story 6 or 7 because an OWS thug farted on the street again.

  • Matt

    I was there. 300 people? It was easily over 2000 perople in and around the Federal Plaza.

    • Me

      Heard on the radio that there was a Pro-Obamacare rally nearby.

  • tallkevin

    Yes, there had to be over 2,000 people. The 300 estimate is way, way off.

  • G-Lep

    No surprise they’re UNDER-estimating crowd size. In the above picture, it’s impossible to guess how many were there. Thanks, left-wing media!!

    • THEE Yard Ape

      Surprise, surprise!!!

  • John and Kacey

    What’s the motivation for the “300” number? Who is it that does not want to hear the Truth?! We were there standing up for the truth (along with 2000+ others)!

  • Beeb

    We stood in the pouring rain which stopped just as the rally got started among about 2500 people; men, women, babies, little kids, teens, young adults, nuns, priests, young and middle age, grandmas and grandpas in wheelchairs and with walkers. We strained to hear the speakers because the agency that granted the permit to assemble refused to turn on the power in the plaza. We are willing to suffer these small discomforts because we believe our religious freedoms are more important than our personal comfort. Many, many passing motorists honked in support of our rally. We will not accept this totalitarian act to limit our right to live out our religious beliefs. We will not accept the demand to pay for the killing of babies in the womb, or the prevention of their conception. We are not imposing our beliefs on others…others are imposing their beliefs on us. God bless America!

    • martio

      I agree 100% with the above comments by Beeb. I, too, was at the rally with over 2000 others. I thought the media was supposed to report the facts, not slant the truth!

  • franz

    I’m raising my kids Catholic and my position is pro-life but I think it is idiotic to discourage birth control especially with the cost of sending kids to Catholic school-None of the people I know agree with the notion of not using birth control for the simple fact they don’t want 10 kids and they sure ain’t gonna stop having sex and the Mr. ain’t gonna pull out either. Birth control reduces abortions-pick your battle.

    This is like the oxy moron of the priest taking your confession and making you pay pennance all the while they are doing terrible things (you know what I’m talking about).

    I also don’t agree with not eating meat on Fridays-it is so out dated-you want to give up something how about cell phones or facebook-now that means something (to all these youngsters)

    • BobL

      Hint: You are not actually raising your children Catholic!

  • Jennie

    This is shameful reporting. There were well over 2,000 people there. Several times out of curiosity I began counting around me and would give up in the mid-hundreds, which was a small, small fraction. Please get your facts right, or include a picture that shows the entire crowd so your readers can count for themselves.

  • Don

    With all due respect, the issue is not contraception or abortion inducing drugs. It’s about forcing the catholic institutions to pay for something that I’d directly contrary to our Catholic beliefs. The church did not start this. The government is forcing this down our throats.

  • Babe

    The first sentence in this article was already wrong, because we were not there because of a birth control mandate. We were there because our religious freedom is threatened and the mandate is unconstitutional. Everybody needs to be vigilant because if the government gets away with this there is no telling what they will mandate next and soon we will have no freedoms. We will become a communist country.

  • Babe

    And there were probably ten times 300 people there.

  • leslie johnson

    America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President

    Listed in chronological order are (1) numerous records of his attacks on Biblical persons or organizations; (2) examples of the hostility toward Biblical faith that have become evident in the past three years in the Obama-led military; (3) a listing of his open attacks on Biblical values; and finally (4) a listing of numerous incidents of his preferential deference for Islam’s activities and positions, including letting his Islamic advisors guide and influence his hostility toward people of Biblical faith.

  • susan

    There were probably 3000-5000 peoplem there. They filled the square despite rain and a discouraging equipment power failure. Why would CBS lie about the numbers. The theme of the rally was freedom of religion.

  • Malcom

    how’s all that integration working out for you Whites? lets see now you have your children being raped and robbed by them, you have women breeding with them, you have Whites not being hired because of their skin color, not to mention being turned away from college to let an illegal or an under qualified black in college and so on. Since the 1960’s White immigration was purposely slowed down or even halted to give uneducated people of color prioority to come here. Not to mention all those illegals walking over the border. Yeah you can pretty much thank a white democrat and liberal for killing America. If you think crime is bad now, just wait , you haven’t seen nothing yet i’m sure.

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