Court upholds single woman's right to purchase in vitro fertilization services from Grand Rapids Clinic
Allison Moon, a single woman, attempted to secure in vitro fertilization services from Michigan Reproductive & IVF Center and from the Grand Rapids Fertility and IVF Professional Corporation. Both entities informed Moon that they would not provide these services to an unmarried woman. She filed suit, alleging illegal discrimination based upon marital status. The Kent County Circuit Court judge dismissed her claim, holding that a doctor is free to refuse to treat any patient for any reason. The Court of Appeals overturned the lower court, holding that a service may not be denied to a category of patients where the Legislature has prohibited discrimination on that basis.