What in the heck is “religious freedom”, and what does it mean to your health? Here is a definition of “religious freedom” from the people who want the legal right to “practice” it.
“… is the right to use religious beliefs as a license to discriminate, and to provide special protections for Christians that fly in the face of the First Amendment.” https://newrepublic.com/article/140645/trump-republicans-redefining-religious-freedom-favor-christians
So, now that we have the definition down, what is going to happen to you, if you need to go to a health provider? Well, the following may happen to you if you are the following: the child of a gay couple who needs health care; a LGBTQ+ person in need of health care; another religion, including but not limited to: Muslim, Hindu, or something other than Christian. How will you be denied care? Well, if your health care provider does not “believe” in contraception, he/she need not offer it to you as part of your health insurance, because their beliefs are more important than your care. The same holds true if you need the “morning after pill” regardless if that is because of rape, incest, or another reason – no need for you to take it, since an unwanted pregnancy is a “silver lining”, or even an “unexpected gift from God”. Because this is the “belief” of the health provider, you don’t get a choice. Another problem with this new law is that if a woman needs an abortion, and there are a variety of medical reasons for this, including a dead fetus, the hospital or doctor can deny them the choice, leaving them with a) having to endure an induced labor and a still birth; b) carrying a dead fetus and hopefully not dying herself due to a septic womb.
Another item to take note of here, this “religious freedom” is used to control women and their health decisions along with anyone who is not a cis man. I don’t see anyone worrying about prescriptions for Viagra, or even prostate examinations.
However, the most interesting question is this – whose religion is it that we must worry about with this freedom of religion? Is it only the Christian religion, or does this also include: Hindu, Muslim, the Church of Satan? Is there a line, and if so where is it? This opens a huge legal can of worms, and it will be interesting to see where it leads. I’ve left some links for you if you want to know more about this subject.