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California Justices Might Forbidding Doctors From Denying Treatment Based On Their Religious Views

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Two weeks after deciding that same-sex couples are entitled to marry, the California Supreme Court appeared inclined today to rule that physicians may not discriminate against gays in medical treatment, regardless of the doctors' religious views.

During oral argument here, the state high court considered the appeal of Lupita Benitez, a lesbian who claims that two obstetricians in San Diego County declined to perform an intrauterine insemination with donated sperm because of her sexual orientation.

The physicians contend they oppose helping any single woman become pregnant. They maintain they have a constitutionally protected right to their religious views and should not be required to act in opposition to them.

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