Evangelicals want reversal of birth control rule

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thousands of pastors and evangelical leaders are joining Roman Catholics who oppose President Barack Obama's contraceptive coverage mandate.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins says more than 2,500 evangelicals have signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to reverse the requirement that church-affiliated groups carry insurance providing free birth control, including morning-after pills and sterilization.

The letter rejects Obama's compromise shifting the cost from church-affiliated groups to their insurers. Perkins says that while most Protestants do not oppose contraception, they object to what
they view as a violation of religious liberty.

He was joined by two prominent black Christians, Star Parker and Bishop Harry Jackson, and by the Reverend Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

Land vowed to challenge the mandate both in court and in Congress.


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