supreme court on Wednesday took briefings in an
appeal brought by the gay advocacy group Lambda Legal
concerning a lesbian who was denied infertility
treatment by her San Diego County doctors because of
her sexuality. Despite California's civil rights law,
the doctors say they have the right to not offer the
treatment because of their religious beliefs.
antigay religious beliefs are not excused from obeying
the laws that govern all of us," Jennifer Pizer, senior
counsel for Lambda Legal, said in a press statement.
"That our client's doctors felt that they could defy
well-established California law and medical ethics is
very worrisome for all of us in a civil society."
arose when Guadalupe Benitez and her partner sought the
help of North Coast Women's Care Medical Group last
year to have a child. The group was the sole
ob-gyn provider available through Benitez's health
care plan. After 11 months under the care of physician
Christine Brody, Benitez requested a simple
insemination process. However, North Coast's medical
director, Douglas Fenton, said that Benitez would not
receive the procedure because of the staff's
"For nearly a year, my doctors accepted my
insurance company's payments and my copayments and
they strung me along with the promise that they would
help me become pregnant," Benitez said in the statement.
"I was in my doctors' care for their medical assistance, not
for their religious judgments." (The Advocate)