Pleasant Hill, Calif. (August 14, 2013) — We applaud California Governor Jerry Brown for his leadership in vetoing AB 926 yesterday. This bill would have allowed women in California to be paid to sell their eggs for scientific research.

Jennifer Lahl, president of the Center for Bioethics and Culture (CBC), who testified in Sacramento on the bill said, “The CBC has worked tirelessly to oppose egg ‘donation’ for ten years now. As we are based in California, this veto is especially encouraging to us. We commend the Governor for his leadership on this bill.”

The Governor’s veto letter is a strong statement about the unknown health risks to young women and the fact that financial compensation only compounds the problem. He acknowledged the unanimous prohibition of this practice six years ago by the California legislature and stated he saw no reason to change the current law.

We encourage you to send a note of thanks to the Governor and thank him for this important victory.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Lahl
The Center for Bioethics and Culture

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