For years, conventional wisdom has held that what happens in California foretells national trends. For instance, California was the first state to mandate coverage for contraceptives in health insurance policies and the first state to legally recognize same-sex couples, and now both public policies have spread nationwide.
California may have launched another trend with the 2013 passage of A.B. 460, a novel extension of protections against discrimination to the "gay community." A small minority of individuals orchestrated the redefinition of a tragic biological malady—infertility—in defiance of both science and common sense. The unintended consequences of this action could be profound. At jeopardy are the well-being of California's children, the freedom of conscience for health care professionals and the state's social services network.
This article appears in Ethics & Medics: A Commentary of The National Catholic Bioethics Center on Health Care and the Life Sicences. Download a PDF.