Hundreds Protest Obama's Birth Control Plan

The rally aimed to show opposition to a plan that would require employers to offer birth control as part of their employees' medical coverage.


Residents protested an Obama-backed plan to force employers to offer birth control to their employees as part of their medical plans.

The rally started at noon Friday at and lasted about an hour. It included speeches -- and one folk guitar performance -- by local activists.

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The crowd gathered to oppose a mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services advocated by President Barack Obama that would require all employers -- even religiously affiliated organizations -- to offer insurance that includes birth control.

"Our land needs saving, dear ones," said Father Josiah Trenham of St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside to hundreds of people crowded around the white gazebo in the park.

The mandate is part of an "evil" plan to subvert Christian society, the priest told the crowd. "A small secular elite have worked to silence (Christians)," he said.

Many in the crowd feared the plan would force employers -- even churches -- to offer abortions to their employees through their health plans.

"I'm Catholic, and I feel attacked by the Obama administration," said George Marquez, a father of six from Moreno Valley. "We've never had a president try to push his agenda on us, on faith -- the constitution clearly states there's a separation between church and state."

Some birth control methods, such as the morning-after pill, are immoral, some said.

"The morning-after pill, that really bothers me," said Cathie Poullath, a mother of 10 from Temecula.

Poullath was born in Iraq to Chaldean Catholic parents. She fled in 1969 after her father was arrested and imprisoned for more than two years because of his religion, she said.

She sees the mandate as a step toward the tyranny she escaped in her youth. "It breaks my heart. I feel like we're going backwards," she said.

Some in the crowd feared their tax money would go to paying for abortions under the new mandate.

"We don't want to be forced to pay for something we don't believe in," said Jennifer Martin, a mother of six from Huntington Beach. "We believe children are children at conception."

The event was organized by the Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society as part of a nation-wide effort to put pressure on the administration to rescind the mandate.

LBV Collins March 26, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Well, John, I’m not convinced that Christ would be an Independent with Republican leanings. He strikes me as a radical, more likely to sit among the Occupy Wall Street folks protesting how our laws unfairly favor the ultra-wealthy at the expense of 99% of Americans. Would you agree? Regarding Liberals and homosexual marriage: Liberals don’t support it inasmuch as they support the equal rights of all American minorities… and gays are a minority. And as for your obvious homophobia, I have NEVER heard anyone provide a sound, reasonable argument why homosexual behavior is “bad” and how it will destroy our society if we endorse it through legislation. All I EVER hear as an argument is your inane “hate the sin, not the sinner” blather. (Hate the sin, not the sinner... One of the stupidest justifications for hating someone.) Please explain just how your “hate the sin, not the sinner” morality manifests itself in reality. Does it mean you’ll leave gays alone, knowing that God will judge them when they stand before Him? Does it mean that you’ll follow Christ’s teachings and love and embrace them as your brother, regardless of their sin? Or does it mean you’ll take it upon yourself to punish them by passing laws that deny them the rights that you and I enjoy as heterosexuals? BTW: I don’t believe you when you say you don’t hate gays, that you just hate their behavior. Sorry John, I’m not buying it.
LBV Collins March 26, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Regarding SB48: Can you do me a favor and go find some of those “Dr. Seuss Teaches Homosexuality to Kindergarteners” books? I’d like to see your proof of what teachers are required to demonstrate during “Gay Show-and-Tell.” You are obviously ignorant of human sexuality as demonstrated by your statement that SB 48 will “indoctrinate school children as young as kindergarten on gay, lesbian, and transsexual accomplishments in history.” That statement suggests your belief is built on the misunderstanding that homosexuality is a choice. That position, of course, implies that heterosexuality is a choice, too. Well, I don’t know about you, John, but my heterosexual instincts were never a “choice.” I was born a man who finds women sexually desirable... and I have always been this way. If you’re making the argument that homosexuality is a choice (and you are making that argument when you say homosexuality is a sinful choice), then you have to believe that your heterosexuality is a choice, too. So tell me, John: Is your heterosexuality a choice? Are you struggling with sinful homosexual desires? You must be, if you think sexual orientation is a choice. But if, like me, you have never struggled with homosexual desires—if you were born straight—then you can’t make the argument that homosexuality is a sinful choice. The only reasonable conclusion is that your sexuality was no more a choice than the color of your eyes. It’s what God blessed you with.
Winchester Collection March 26, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Thanks for the great example as to what science brings to quality of life!
Winchester Collection March 26, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Reply to Mr Logical; Very congruent ideology.... Great example to live by Thanks!!!!
twg March 27, 2012 at 06:32 AM
I thought I left the religious nuts behind when I moved out of Bakersfield! Apparently not...


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