Lesbian $ettle$ Insemination Suit

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009  |  Updated 12:15 PM PDT
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Lesbian $ettle$ Insemination Suit

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The suit was closed for an undisclosed sum, according to a representative for Lambda Legal, a law firm that represents gay and lesbian clients in discrimination matters, which said in a statement that the firm said came jointly from the woman and the doctors.

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An Oceanside lesbian and the Christian doctors in Vista who refused to inseminate her have settled their lawsuit, the woman's attorneys announced Tuesday, but the amount and terms of the agreement were not disclosed, according to a published report.

The settlement comes 13 months after the California Supreme Court unanimously sided with the Oceanside woman, Guadalupe "Lupita" Benitez, who had sued the Vista-based North Coast Women's Care group and two physicians, Dr. Christine Brody and Dr. Douglas Fenton, in 2001, reported the North County Times.

Benitez had argued that the doctors denied her the elective medical procedure because she is gay. The doctors argued that inseminating an unmarried woman ran counter to their religious beliefs.

Reached on her cell phone Tuesday evening, Benitez said she and her family "are very pleased and ready to move forward with our lives."

The doctors and their attorneys could not be immediately reached for comment.

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