Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures during a campaign event at Horizontal Wireline Services on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 in Irwin, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says the contraceptive coverage mandate in the federal health care law sets "a dangerous and unfortunate precedent."
At a town hall meeting in Ohio this week, Romney said President Barack Obama's administration is usurping religious liberty by requiring employers to provide insurance coverage that violates their consciences.
Roman Catholics have been the most prominent opponents of the mandate, but Romney said all Americans should consider themselves Catholics on this issue and "push back."
He pledged to get rid of the health care law and its birth control mandate if he's elected president.
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