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    Calif top court: Docs can't withhold care to gays

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California's highest court on Monday barred doctors from invoking their religious beliefs as a reason to deny treatment to gays and lesbians, ruling that state law prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination extends to the medical profession.

    Justice Joyce Kennard wrote that two Christian fertility doctors who refused to artificially inseminate a lesbian have neither a free speech right nor a religious exemption from the state's law, which "imposes on business establishments certain antidiscrimination obligations."

    In the lawsuit that led to the ruling, Guadalupe Benitez, 36, of Oceanside said that the doctors treated her with fertility drugs and instructed her how to inseminate herself at home but told her their beliefs prevented them from inseminating her. One of the doctors referred her to another fertility specialist without moral objections, and Benitez has since given birth to three children.

    Nevertheless, Benitez in 2001 sued the Vista-based North Coast Women's Care Medical Group. She and her lawyers successfully argued that a state law prohibiting businesses from discriminating based on sexual orientation applies to doctors.

    The law was originally designed to prevent hotels, restaurants and other public services from refusing to serve patrons because of their race. The Legislature has since expanded it to cover characteristics such as age and sexual orientation.

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    While no medical person should be able to withold treatment of a disease or injury, this case seems like a different type of thing completely.

    Fertility treatments are like cosmetic surgery: you may want it but you certainly aren't going to die without and if you get it, you may create medical complications for yourself.

    Ultimately, this will be another equality by subtraction thing where some docs will simply refuse to deal with fertility issues completely to avoid the fallout.
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    What pathetic excuses for doctors.
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    Here's what I don't get-they live in California. I can't believe that they just couldn't find a different doctor who was willing to do artificial insemination. Before anyone (eyelids) says the choice of doctors has to do with insurance, well, I highly doubt that anyone's insurance covers artificial insemination to begin with, so the couple is paying cash for the procedure.

    So, instead of looking to find a doctor who will perform the procedure, they choose to use the courts to force unwilling doctors to do it, in a state that should have hundreds of doctors who are willing to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    Here's what I don't get-they live in California. I can't believe that they just couldn't find a different doctor who was willing to do artificial insemination. Before anyone (eyelids) says the choice of doctors has to do with insurance, well, I highly doubt that anyone's insurance covers artificial insemination to begin with, so the couple is paying cash for the procedure.

    So, instead of looking to find a doctor who will perform the procedure, they choose to use the courts to force unwilling doctors to do it, in a state that should have hundreds of doctors who are willing to do it.
    Actually, they did get another doctor to do the procedure, but sued the first one for discrimination anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    Here's what I don't get-they live in California. I can't believe that they just couldn't find a different doctor who was willing to do artificial insemination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    Actually, they did get another doctor to do the procedure, but sued the first one for discrimination anyway.
    Good for them, expose the bastards and make them pay.
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    Shoving their Godless agenda down our throats. Where's their respect for others that they demand?

    Hundred of secular humanist Docs would do what they asked but no they go search out the handful of God fearing men and women who won't with their lawyers in tow.

    Disgusting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eyelids View Post
    Good for them, expose the bastards and make them pay.

    If they had been denied a genuine medical treatment, I'd agree with you. But they weren't, so I don't see how they are entitled to any kind of settlement. Hurt feelings should never be a basis for a cash settlement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eyelids View Post
    Good for them, expose the bastards and make them pay.
    Doctors are business people. It should be their business who they serve - less emergencies.
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