It's all over the news, so take your pick as to write ups. Here's one from a site that may be new to you, NewsOneNow:
California's highest court was unanimous in its decision on Monday that Christian doctors may not refuse to perform artificial insemination for homosexual patients.
Another sign of the Big One in California, that is, the moral fault line that is dividing this country increasingly, only this has been a slow earthquake, going on for years, so slow at times that many Christians think that they can just live with it and not consider the consequences. If you think that judicial appointments aren't all that important, let's talk about it, in prison, perhaps?
BUT, wait a minute. Court versus Christians gets the attention, but why are Christian doctors offering this "medical treatment" in the first place? This from the San Diego Union remind us about a moral dilemma that was already in play, and one Christian doctors have already compromised. Artificial insemination.
Justice Joyce Kennard, writing for the court, said the state's sweeping anti-discrimination law “furthers California's compelling interest in ensuring full and equal access to medical treatment irrespective of sexual orientation.”
She said that to avoid any conflict with their religious beliefs, doctors could refuse to do insemination procedures for all patients, or refer patients to other doctors who have no religious objections.
Artificial insemination should never been accepted by Christians doctors in the first place, so the moral issue here lies further downstream. On the face of it, the court decision might force Christian doctors to reeducate their consciences by learning what real Christian medical practice is. In that sense, I am tempted to appreciate what could be a practical result of this decision--Christian doctors withdrawing from the whole in vitro business--while at the same time, the trajectory of such courts rulings are, at the very least quite troubling. Isn't it time to establish an alternative, and moral, traditional Christian medical practice around the country? The fault line is already there, but we've got Christian doctors standing on both sides of it.