Friday, March 23, 2012
About 400 people gathered outside the federal courthouse, to protest a government mandate and join a nationwide rally for religious freedom.
"This is something that resonates with everyone because faith is something that everyone holds very dear," said Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue and co-organizer of the rally in Wichita.
People of all ages gathered together to send a united message against the U.S. Department's Health and Human Services mandate. They said the issue goes beyond contraception and is more about the First Amendment.
"We don't need the federal government to come and offer these mandates and kind of facilitate us and our lives. We want our freedoms. We want our liberties," said Mike May, rally participant who brought his wife and children.
The mandate requires health insurance plans to cover the full costs of sterilization and contraception. This was a major issue for pro-life organizers.
"We're here to say, 'No, we will not give up our religious freedoms and that we will not comply with that mandate.' We believe it's immoral and they can't force us to violate our consciences," said Sullenger.
The Supreme Court will tackle the constitutionality of the health care reform legislation next week.