"Anti-choice forces around the country are yelling from the rooftops about religious freedom," wrote Laura Murphy, the ACLU's director of the Washington Legislative office, in an email urging supporters to tell their congressional representatives to support the mandate. "But what they actually mean is the use of religion to discriminate and deny millions of women access to birth control [original emphasis]." Murphy faulted opponents of the mandate for "us[ing] religion to discriminate] against women.
The ACLU email framed the issue as a conflict between "lobbying groups" and Obama over the rights of women. "[W]hen lobbying groups — led by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops — insisted that the exemption be expanded to include religiously affiliated hospitals, universities and other institutions, jeopardizing coverage for millions of women, the Obama administration drew a line in the sand," the email declared.
"If the lobbying groups get their way, a woman teaching at a Catholic university could not get coverage," the Murphy added. "Or, a nurse working at an evangelical Christian hospital could be denied access to basic health care."
The totalitarians at the ACLU have a history of violating the First Amendment rights of Christians. Now, they would have the Catholic Church commit (according to doctrine) a mortal sin. If anyone believes the ACLU is a protector of religious liberty after this outrage, than they need their head examined.