Amicus Curiae Brief Filed by 15 Civil Rights, Medical and Community Health Organizations in Opposition to the CMA and CMDA Briefs.

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Filed in the California Court of Appeal

Case: Benitez v. North Coast Women's Care Medical Group

Monday, July 25, 2005
| Court of Appeal of the State of California, Fourth Appellate District, Division One
Related Issues: Religious Exemptions

Despite the California Medical Association's and Christian Medical and Dental Association's defense of a doctor's right to refuse care on the basis of conscience, the discrimination in this case was clearly based on sexual orientation. The CMA, AMA and mainstream medical community all condemn explicitly in their bylaws discrimination on the basis of this characteristic and therefore the doctor's actions in this case go against acceptable medical practice and violate the patient's civil rights.