LA CROSSE, Wis.-- Religious groups continue their opposition to President Obama's health care plan.

They held a "Stand Up for Religious Freedom" rally in La Crosse Friday. Similar rallies happened across the country.

The groups specifically oppose the mandate that requires employers, including churches, to offer birth control and abortion inducing drugs. "To mandate that we purchase and pay for something that we find morally unconscionable is against our first amendment rights of freedom of religion and freedom to exercise that religion, not just to worship," says rally captain Elizabeth Garibaldi.

The rally coincides with the 223rd anniversary of the introduction of the Bill of Rights which of course includes the first amendment.