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Provider Conscience Rights Before the California Supreme Court

Posted Sep 22 2008 6:14am

Tomorrow, the California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a discrimination lawsuit brought by a lesbian who was denied artificial insemination at the only local obstetrics and gynecology office covered by her insurance.

Guadalupe Benitez, of Oceanside, alleges that after treating her with fertility drugs for nearly a year the staff of the private North Coast Women's Care Medical Group refused to inseminate her eight years ago because of her sexual orientation.

While there has recently been quite a bit of legislation and case law regarding the conscience rights of health care providers, a ruling in this case could have a significant impact on end-of-life disputes in California and elsewhere.

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