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Religious Organizations Rally Against Healthcare Bill
By John Lorinc
Updated: 2 years ago

ATHENS  —  
Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens says Congress is encroaching on religious liberty.
Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens says Congress is encroaching on religious liberty.
Georgia Catholics rallied Friday in Athens against a mandatory birth control provision in the federal healthcare bill.

It requires religious organizations to provide employees’ with free birth control as part of insurance coverage.

The Obama Administration has announced that religious employers can opt-out of the plan.

But Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens says Congress is encroaching on religious liberty:

“We strongly believe that it violative of the Constitution to issue such a policy. It’s violative of the First Amendment.”

Supporters say it’s a double standard for companies that deny birth control coverage to pay for men’s sexual health drugs like Viagra.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the healthcare overhaul this summer.