Women will be voicing their dissent against the HHS
Contraception and Abortion Mandate at the White House on Thursday.
Speak For Themselves (WSFT), a religious freedom group representing
over 40,000 women, will demonstrating at Lafayette Square in Washington
DC, on August 1, 2013, from 11:30-12:30 pm. The hour long demonstration
will be led by Helen Alvaré, George Mason Law Professor and WSFT
"We've been happily overwhelmed--though not all too
surprised--with the positive response from our women," said Meg
McDonnell, director of communications for WSFT. "We know of a few groups
bringing buses from out of state and many of the women who can't come
are reaching out to their local papers to highlight their local work on
religious freedom and the HHS Mandate. True to our name, WSFT's success
is due to the hard work of women in our constituency and the success of
this demonstration will be due to their energy and commitment to the
cause yet again." McDonnell told CWR.
The Mandate, requiring
religious individuals and institutions to insure without any co-pay
contraception and some drugs, which can act as early abortifacients, was
scheduled to go into effect August 1, but has since been pushed back
January 1, 2014.
WSFT is a grassroots coalition of more than
40,000 women from many religions, political backgrounds, and states, who
stand for religious freedom and against the simplistic notion that
women’s freedom is grounded in contraception and abortion.