Religious freedom means you are not free to choose, apparently
The brouhaha over allowing women access to birth control pills, whether for general medical reasons or specifically for birth control, continues apace despite the logical acrobatics necessary to cast “having a choice” as “removing freedom of choice”. For example, on the second page of Ann Gerhart’s article in the Washington Post, she quotes a letter from Dianne Schramm that appeared in the Detroit Free Press:
“It is a sad day in America when you have to compromise your religious rights. This disagreement has nothing to do with birth control, sterilization or abortion; it is the right given to us in the First Amendment, separation of church and state.
“Our freedoms of choice are slowly disappearing. The government is telling us what light bulbs to use, what kind of cars to drive, what to eat and what kind of health care is required.”
It seems as if she is saying that, by offering to all women the option to obtain birth control pills as part of their healthcare, the government is removing a freedom of choice. Hello? NOT offering free access to birth control is depriving people of a choice? This staggers the mind, but is consistent with the “black is white” logic of the GOP in recent years: War is Peace, warrantless surveillance and searches are a sign that you are free, locking people up for years simply on suspicion is a sign of true freedom.
Offering women a choice is NOT depriving them of a choice. That would be a stupid thing to say or write. Women who accept that birth control is a sin are by no means forced to use it. The Bishops are the ones who want to deny people choice, to deny people the freedom to practice their religion and their lives as they wish. The Bishops want control, and they want control of you.