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About 70 rally against health-care mandate in Winston-Salem

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Dave Goetze of Youngsville, a fellow at the Institute of Political Leadership in Greensboro, spoke to the crowd at Friday's rally at the Ward Federal Building in Winston-Salem Credit: (BRUCE CHAPMAN/JOURNAL)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — For the second time this year, dozens of people demonstrated at the Ward Federal Building against the Obama administration’s mandate that will allow employees of religious institutions to get free contraception from health insurers.

Steve Wiles Jr., an evangelist at Gospel Light Baptist Church in Walkertown, told about 70 demonstrators that the federal mandate is eroding Americans’ religious freedom.

“This country cannot afford this mandate,” Wiles said. “We are already in the hole. We can’t afford to pay for all of this.”

Joyce Krawiec of Kernersville told the crowd that people must elect Republican Mitt Romney as president in November because Romney has promised to repeal the health care law if he wins the White House.

“We must remove Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of the Health and Human Services,” said Krawiec, a grassroots coordinator of the N.C. Federation of Republican Women. “It’s not going to be easy.”

This article was written by John Hinton and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.