by: ASRM Office of Public Affairs
Published in ASRM Bulletin Volume 15, Number 26
California's AB 926, a bill backed by ASRM, and introduced to overturn a six year state ban on compensation to egg donors for donating to medical research studies, was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week. The bill had received wide support in both chambers of the state legislature.
The bill would have allowed women who donated their eggs for research in California to receive compensation in the same manner as other medical research subjects. Current law allows egg donors to be reimbursed for direct expenses, such as travel, but prohibits them from receiving compensation for their time, trouble, and inconvenience. Egg donors can be compensated when donations are made for fertility purposes.
ASRM is concerned that the ability of researchers in California to investigate vital questions about infertility, fertility preservation and human reproduction will continue to be hindered as a result of the Governor's veto.
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