Doctors settle with lesbian couple over denying services

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September 29, 2009


"A long-running lawsuit between an Oceanside lesbian couple and two doctors that pitted the civil rights of same-sex couples against religious freedom for physicians has been settled.

"The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. It ends a lawsuit filed in 2001 by Guadalupe Benitez against Drs. Douglas Fenton and Christine Brody at North Coast Womens Care in Vista.

"Benitez alleged that the doctors told her they would not inseminate her because their religious convictions – they are Christians – prohibited them from doing the procedure for a lesbian couple.

"...But if a physician does offer to do certain procedures, they must be made available to all, said Jennifer Pizer of Lambda Legal, an advocacy group for same-sex rights."


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