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Americans protest contraception coverage in health insurance mandate

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Tessye Maurer holds a vote sign as she attends a Religious Freedom protest, Friday, March 23, 2012, in downtown San Antonio. The group is protesting that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' mandate under the Affordable Care Act violates religious freedom. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Protesters pray while participating in a "Stand Up for Religious Freedom" rally in front of the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday in Washington, DC. The rally was one of 129 rallies held in cities across the United States as the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the Obama administration's national health care legislation next week.

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Father Paul Schenck speaks during a rally for religious freedom organized in part by the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia in front of Independence Hall, Friday in Philadelphia. The rally was in objection to the Health and Human Service mandate that private health care cover women's contraception.

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Korean War veteran Ed Douglas, of Tempe, Ariz., stands outside the Sandra Day O'Connor Federal Courthouse on Friday in Phoenix. Douglas was part of the Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally. The rally is part of a nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom which is a reaction against the Obama Administration's HHS mandate that will obligate Catholic organizations to provide contraceptive services to their employees.