JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Rallies were held all across the country on Friday, all with one goal: Get the president to repeal the Health and Human Services mandate.

Critics say it forces all employers to offer contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans and they say that's unconstitutional.

Hundreds gathered for a local rally at Hemming Plaza in downtown Jacksonville. It was organized by some Catholic groups, but they say everyone should be involved.

They held a peaceful protest from noon to 1 p.m. to let the government know they feel the mandate is a complete and utter attack on everyone's religious freedom.

"Washington is shoving down our throats our religious beliefs, what we can do and what we can't do. It's wrong," a protester named Dianne said.

"If we have to support that, then we can't support our religious concepts," protester Ed McGowan added.

"It's taking away my freedom of religion because now I'm forced to pay for abortion drugs for my 17-year-old and my 22-year-old," protester Mark McKay said.

Every day this month, a group of Christians has stood outside a Southside women's clinic to fight abortion. On Friday, many of these people moved over to Hemming Plaza to battle many more issues related to their beliefs.

"We're hoping for people of all faiths to join us," said rally team member Dru Faulk.

The rally was organized by anti-abortion groups.

Some folks have a very different view, those who say they too are Catholic.

"An insurance company is a separate business entity, and so it's not really an issue of religion, it's an issue of business," Teresa Arnold-Simmons said.

"I have health insurance, and it's extremely expensive for me even with insurance," Rosy Franklin said. "I think if we can protect people, then I think we should."

There were similar ones all across the U.S. on Friday. The target is the president's Health and Human Services mandate, which could force all employers, including religious organizations, to pay for health plans that cover things like contraception, sterilization and abortion, all of these fundamentally against Catholic beliefs.

But those involved say the mandate has even bigger problems.

"It's no longer about a health care issue or a contraceptive issue," Dru said. "It's a religious freedom issue. It doesn't matter if you're Catholic or have no faith whatsoever. If you care about the constitution of the United States of America and our first amendment right to practice our religion, you should be out protesting with us."

Another participant, Cindy Delaparte, said, "We've always had that in our country and that's why our forefathers fought so hard and it would be a shame to see that undone."

The President maintains the rules that are part of his health care plan are intended to help not hurt Americans.

"You want to call it Obamacare? That's OK, because I do care," President Obama said. "That's why we passed it. Because I care about folks who were going bankrupt because they are getting sick."

After much outcry, the Obama administration made accommodations to quell the Christians' concerns. But many, like the rally's organizers, still aren't satisfied.

"Once they infringe upon one faith, it's going to happen again and again," Dru said.

One of the main reasons the groups behind this rally said they're protesting, besides for their religious freedom, is because they said the mandate treats pregnancy and childbirth as if they were a disease, not a gift.

"I would say this is probably the most far-reaching case that the court has heard in the last 20 years," said Rod Sullivan, a professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, said of the health care law.

Sullivan said what the country's nine Supreme Court justices decide next week could not only change the fate of health care but also the scope of what the federal government can do.

The very first question the court must answer is, is it constitutional for all Americans to be required to have individual health care coverage?

Sullivan said this is ultimately a question of whether the federal government can regulate commerce within states.

"Is not having insurance really interstate commerce?" Sullivan said. "If the court decides that it's not interstate commerce, then the individual mandate will fall."

He said the next big question after that is if the justices decide that requiring individual insurance policies isn't constitutional. What happens to the rest of the act?

It's question no one really has an answer to.

Hugh Greene, CEO of Baptist Health, said he believes there are two reasons why the Supreme Court is devoting so much time to this.

"Two drivers, one is the uninsured. Fifty million people who do not have access to the system who use the emergency room as their primary access, and the other side is the out-of-control cost of health care that is only going to be exasperated as the baby boomers hit medicare age. So we really have these two drivers," Greene said.