Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s veto of her Assembly Bill 926, which would have lifted the current prohibition in state law on compensation for women who donate eggs for medical research:
“The Governor’s veto of AB 926 is a regressive action that denies thousands of women the prospect of medical fertility breakthroughs.
Young women fighting cancer will continue to choose between chemotherapy or preserving their fertility, women using IVF and becoming pregnant with multiple embryos will continue to face the heart-wrenching decision of reducing the number of embryos to a safe and viable number, and improvements in oocyte preservation will not advance.
During the Legislature’s review of AB 926, I was touched by the testimony from Raquel Simental, a cancer survivor who had to choose between saving her own life and living a life without the ability to have her own biological children.
Raquel’s recent op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News delivered a strong voice on why we needed AB 926 to become law. She writes, ‘Unfortunately, Bonilla’s bill cannot help me. However, it can help the hundreds of women in their reproductive years who will receive a cancer diagnosis today. This bill is for them. I hope that, with more scientific research, no woman will have to make the difficult choice that I had to make.’
Many women like Raquel will be denied hope and the possibility of giving birth to a child because research on their behalf has been halted in California.
However, market-driven compensation of donors by donor agencies and prospective parents continues unchecked in California.
The Governor had taken aim at the wrong target in continuing an embargo on important research for women. Research holds hope and promise for all women.”