Free choice is correlated to privilege. Some people are afforded more choice than others; however, everyone is constrained in some way by social and cultural norms or stereotypes and prejudices.
One example of this is demonstrated in the documentary, The Business of Being Born. The women who were followed in this documentary were predominantly white, middle class, and well-educated. These privileged statuses helped make it possible for these women to get access skilled midwives, have home births, and good prenatal care. This access provided them with the opportunity to choose between giving birth in a hospital or giving birth at home.
Women of lower socioeconomic classes, less educated women, or minority women (save for one or two) were not represented in this film. These women generally do not have access to the same resources as upper class women due to their financial constraints, the areas in which they live, work schedules that may not allow them to seek out alternative birthing methods, and/or lack of information and means to seek information about alternative birthing methods. These constraints leave lower class, minority, and poorly educated women with fewer choices when it comes to how they can give birth.
This argument is not to say that all people with any privilege have absolute agency over their lives. Continuing with the examples provided in the documentary, once in the hospital, most women (regardless of their social status) become subject to numerous medical interventions that they often did not initially desire. Additionally, there are numerous social expectations placed on these women as new mothers that act as obstacles to their ability to have free choice in how they raise their children. Though privilege often enables people to have more free choice, most people are inhibited in some way.
The Business of Being Born created by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein.