WASHINGTON — About 200 women rallied at Lafayette Square across from the White House Thursday to demand relief from the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act — otherwise known as Obamacare.
“There’s no war on women, there’s a war on mothers,” said Washington attorney Cynthia Wood in fiery remarks that sparked cheers from the crowd.
Women Speak for Themselves, a grassroots coalition of 40,000 women, organized the rally to coincide with the original start date for the contraceptive mandate, Aug. 1. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) pushed back enforcement of the mandate until Jan. 1 of next year for religious non-profits, but for-profit businesses had to start providing contraceptives — including abortion-inducing drugs like Plan B and Ella — in health insurance plans on Jan. 1 of this year.
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