Court to decide if doctors can discriminate

Filed under: Your Pregnancy, Gay Parenting

The desire to start a family can be an awful powerful one. If someone wants kids, they'll go through a lot to get them. Guadalupe Benitez went through a lot. She went to North Coast Women's Care, a clinic in the San Diego, California area, but was refused service by both her doctor and the clinic's medical director due to their religious beliefs.

The problem was that Benitez is a lesbian and the folks from the clinic didn't approve. In California, however, state law prohibits businesses from denying service to gays and lesbians because of their sexual orientation. The doctors, however, claimed that they were discriminating based on marital status, something the courts had not yet ruled illegal.

State Supreme Court Justice Carol Corrigan, one of the dissenting voices in the recent gay marriage ruling, said that doctors have a choice -- to help everyone or to find another line of work. While that's certainly not a final decision, it's an opinion I completely agree with. It's not up to a couple of doctors to decide who is fit to raise children and who isn't.

This post is part of Blogging for LGBT Families Day 2008.

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