|By Peter Sullivan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette|
The protest was part of a nationwide day of protests, planned for 164 cities, titled "Stand Up for Religious Freedom." The events were organized by the
A range of anti-abortion activists addressed the crowd.
When religious groups protested the move, the Obama administration announced a compromise in February in which the insurance company, not employers such as Catholic universities or hospitals, would pay for the birth control.
Protesters were not satisfied. "There is no compromise in this area," said
The crowd saw the mandate as a violation of the Constitution's protection of religious freedom.
"This is the largest assault on religious liberty since 1789," said
The local organizer of the protest,
"I just felt indebted to him. He taught me everything I know,"
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