California "Pay-for-Eggs" Bill on the Governor’s Desk

Posted by Diane Tober July 11, 2013
Biopolitical Times
On July 1, the California Senate passed AB 926, which would overturn a current law that safeguards women’s health by limiting what researchers can pay for extracting their eggs. The bill, sponsored by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, is about to land on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. Once it does, he has 12 days to either approve or veto this bill; if he does nothing the bill becomes law.  

If you agree that more research on short- and long-term risks is needed before expanding the market for women’s eggs, please act quickly. Contact Governor Brown and ask him to veto AB 926. You can reach him in any of these ways:
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Fax: (916) 558-3160  
  • Call: (916) 445-2841
  • Postal mail: Governor Jerry Brown, Attn: Lark Park, Deputy Legislative Secretary, State Capitol Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814
For more about why AB 926 should be defeated, see these previous Biopolitical Times posts:

Our Bodies Ourselves (1, 2) and Alliance for Humane Biotechnology have also posted valuable information about what’s wrong with this bill.

And over the last couple weeks, AB 926 has been receiving increasing media attention. The most recent and in-depth article is “Brown ponders sale of women's eggs for research” in Capitol Weekly. It’s also been covered by Nature, Southern California Public Radio, the California Stem Cell Report (1, 2, 3, 4), and in an hour-long interview on Mutiny Radio.