Four people are dead in two separate accidents in Central Ohio. In Pataskala, investigators say a head-on collision on East Broad took three lives. One vehicle crossed the center line. Early this morning, the driver of a pick-up truck was killed when he slammed into a tree in a residential area south of Route 104 [...]
Columbus Protestors Say Health Care Reform Trampling Their Rights
Several hundred people demonstrated in front of the federal building in downtown Columbus Friday. They called for the repeal of a mandate issued by the Obama Administration in connection with the presidentâ€™s health care reform. The mandate, say its opponents, requires employers to provide among other things, abortion-inducing drugs. The rally organizers say such a mandate is a violation of the Constitutionâ€™s First Amendment right to freedom of religion. Ruth Yorston is executive director of Greater Columbus Right to Life.
â€œThe mandate requires almost every single private insurance company â€“ and by doing that also requires every religious organization â€“ to provide or to pay for their employeesâ€™ contraceptives, sterilization and abortifacient drugs; drugs that actually cause the death of a living child,” said Yorston.
But Cathy Levine, executive director of UHCAN â€“ the Universal Health Care Action Network says there are a number of religious groups that refuse to compromise.
â€œReasonable compromises have been suggested that protect the religious beliefs and make sure that women have access to affordable health care,â€ Levine says. â€œAnd these groups are being unreasonable in refusing those compromises.â€
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments about the health care overhaul beginning Monday.