JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (KMOX) – Religious leaders in Missouri are hoping up to 3,000 of the faithful show up at the Capitol Tuesday.

The show of strength is an effort to overturn the federal mandate that forces religious employers and others to pay for abortion drugs, contraceptives and sterilization.

Auxiliary Bishop with the St. Louis Archdiocese , Edward Rice says members of the Missouri Baptist Convention and Lutheran Church Missouri Synod will be joining hands in this effort.

“Whether its abortion, contraception, from a religious point of view there will be a lot of people who do not share Catholic views on that but everybody should be concerned about first amendment rights” said Bishop Rice.

They hope to produce a sea of red at the capitol as everyone is being asked to wear red.

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