Background and Need for Legislation
Scientists are attempting a new type of stem cell research, called research cloning or somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). SCNT requires fresh eggs from women. The egg extraction process involves short-term health risks and unknown long-term health consequences. Tens of thousands, if not millions, of eggs may be needed for researchers to attempt to achieve "patient-specific" stem cell lines to treat certain diseases.
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), created by Proposition 71, has developed regulations for research done with public funds, but there is no such state regulation of privately-funded research. SB 1260 would ensure that women in California who provide eggs for private research be accorded all established federal and state protections for human research subjects. It would also provide local Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) with responsible and ethical guidelines for ensuring that proposals in this novel area of research meet the highest standards for safeguarding women's health.
This bill would:
Require subjects be given a standardized medically accurate written summary of health and consumer issues associated with the egg extraction procedure....