A posse of liberal groups gathered at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday to defend President Barack Obama’s contraceptive mandate and “not allow conservative politicians and religious leaders to redefine the meaning of religious liberty,” per the press release announcing the event.

About five people, not including reporters, gathered to hear what they had to say. It was rainy outside, said the organizers, explaining the low turnout while tens of thousands of people were milling around downtown Charlotte.

Sara Hutchinson of Catholics for Choice, one of the organizers, said that true religious freedom is “the right to be respected as a moral decision maker, free to follow one’s own conscience and religious beliefs.” The contraceptive mandate, she said, was protecting individuals’ abilities to choose to use contraceptives, adding, “The real threat today is not to religious liberty of the Catholic hierarchy but to the freedom of conscience of the rest of America’s Catholics.”

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