Catholics rally for freedom, protest 'Obamacare'

By: Justin Fabiano Email
By: Justin Fabiano Email
Health care for Catholics

Members of the Catholic faith in Augusta rallied on Wednesday for the overturn of the health care reform law. (WRDW-TV / June 27, 2012)

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, June 27, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- On the eve of one of the Supreme Court's biggest decisions in recent years, Catholics in Augusta took their worship outside.

"Tons of people [are here], and everybody with one goal in mind," Shirley Blalock said.

Hundreds gathered on the front lawn of the Church of the Most Holy Trinity for prayer and to rally for religious freedom.

"It seems like our relationship with God, we're not allowed to speak it in public places anymore," said Father Jerry Ragan of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church.

Part of the religious freedom he's talking about is President Obama's health care reform law.

"Hopefully it'll be overturned tomorrow," he said.

As he waits for the Supreme Court to rule, other Catholic organizations are doing the same thing. In fact, more than 40 organizations, including Notre Dame are suing President Obama for his health care law. They say "Obamacare" unlawfully forces religious organization to pay for contraceptive measures, something Catholics don't believe in.

"Government is over-reaching into our faith life," Ragan said. "We'll be in big trouble if we have to pay for something that goes against our moral principles."


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