Bonilla: Governor’s Veto of Bill is a Setback for Women’s Health

August 15, 2013 8:00 am · 34 comments

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.”

OK August 15, 2013 at 8:13 AM

“The Governor’s veto of AB 926 is a regressive action that denies thousands of women the prospect of medical fertility breakthroughs.”

So for the thousand of women, is that only those who are ‘physically’ women or does it include those who ‘gender identify’ as women as well?

Amonymous August 15, 2013 at 8:50 AM

What on earth is this woman talking about?

Bolker August 15, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Did anyone think otherwise–research must continue otherwise we lose the progression in our system.

Phillip August 15, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Seems she’s pushing to get her name in all of the news….. is there an election coming up?

/sarcasm off/

Connie Dobbs August 15, 2013 at 9:15 AM

And Raquel Simental can’t adopt because…

Random Task August 15, 2013 at 9:50 AM

wow the whining is so annoying …..Bonilla how bout focusing on bettering the state budget …how bout cleaning up cal trans….or working on good investments for the state to improve how bout ousting the bums ( Hawaii said no to bums ) which means they all came to bumifornia ….where the dems create fake bills to allocate funds for their election campaings …..these random bills to attract more voters is getting quite boring and actually causing great pains as the incumbents who repeatedly throw around bills to show their actually doing nothing is becoming the norm ……..please actually do something to head this state in the direction of setting the line instead of being on the picket lines milking more tax money from the tax payers and doing nothing with it but forcing the public to be on the line again in 5 years …….if the pay is not good at your job find another …….if you think you are special and should not have to go find other work and instead hold taxpayers hostage …then your time is being wasted.

Chester E. Kitty August 15, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Connie Dobbs … I was wondering the same thing!! Lots of children out there would love to be adopted into a loving home!

Phillip … Seriously!!! Her name just keeps popping up, doesn’t it??!!!!

Anonymous August 15, 2013 at 10:40 AM

This poor confused woman just voted to let self declared gender confused high school boys use the girls bathroom in public schools. And she claims to be for children and womens rights issues?

Connie Dobbs August 15, 2013 at 11:03 AM

#8 Did she? That’s rich.

Bicycle Only Rider August 15, 2013 at 11:05 AM

To supplement what Anonymous 8 posted, in addition to allowing access to bathrooms, the law also allows participation in gender-segregated sports and use of the associated locker room. So, a 16 year old boy who identifies as a girl now has the right to join the girl’s basketball team and use the girl’s locker room and shower facilities. How would Bonilla like to have a teenage daughter, if she has one, be subjected to showering and using restroom facilities with a 16 year old boy? What a warped definition or “rights” some of our politicians have, or so it seems.

Howard K Mullins III August 15, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Wow, Moonbeam did something right again.

I guess event the uber left can’t do bad things all the time.

Anonymous August 15, 2013 at 11:56 AM

I can not believe Susan Bonilla would vote to allow boys in the girls locker rooms or bathrooms. This has to be a lie.

OK August 15, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Vindex August 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM

When moonbeam vetos a liberal piece of legislation then you know it’s out there. Ms Bonilla your legislation is a disgrace. I am ashamed you are my legislator. Why don’t you take another lobbyist funded trip to Maui

Anonymous August 15, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I didn’t believe that Susan Bonilla would ever vote to let boys on girls bathrooms until I looked at her voting record posted by voter 13.looks like girls rights to privacy mean nothing to her.

Like a dummy I voted for her but I would vote for anyone who runs against her. Our daughter won’t be participating in sports at Concord Hi next year She is not happy but there is a limit to what we will allow. If we had enough money she would go to a private school where morality and privacy are not scorned.

Vindex August 15, 2013 at 1:36 PM

It’s true she voted to allow boys into girls locker rooms, bathrooms and on their sport teams. She also voted to make it illegal to counsel a child out if choosing a homosexual lifestyle. Read Romans 1 Ms Bonilla. I honestly question if you believe the bible

Elwood August 15, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Another brainless bleat from Bonehead Bonilla.

Anonymous August 15, 2013 at 1:58 PM

I don’t know if there’s a cause and effect relationship or just a correlation between multiple ovulation and ovarian cancer. But several years ago, I read doctors were finding higher rates of ovarian cancer in older women. The common denominator was that these women had undergone fertility treatments to make them produce several eggs at once (either to be used for their own in vitro procedure or for someone else who was fortunate enough to receive their donated eggs). I would be hesitant to agree to donate eggs for scientific research or to sell eggs for scientific research.

If Bonilla is encouraging compensation for egg donors, she should first research the risks to egg donors. Compensating egg donors may encourage financially needy women (and minorities) to unwittingly sacrifice their health for someone else. Does Bonilla also support compensation for kidney donations?

Anonymous August 15, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Why would Bonilla want boys and girls using the same bathrooms and locker rooms?

Does she understand that kids that age have huge issues with development and privacy? Does she care about kids?

Still waiting........ August 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Still waiting for you to address the Obamacare problem. You were thankful it passed so our premiums would go down. Instead, our premiums are going to skyrocket and Congress has given themselves a waiver it’s so bad.

New hires are now part-time. Full timers are getting cut to 29 hours. Unions hate it. Max Baucus author of Obamacare calls it a” train wreck.”

Where are you on this ? Why haven’t you responded to this unthinkable situation ? Why aren’t you applying pressure to fix this? Without you, our state doesn’t implement this horrific law. Why aren’t you and your peeps in Sacramento screaming bloody murder as they should?

The silence is deafening.

Poor Suzie August 15, 2013 at 2:53 PM

I guess the next message from Rep. Bonilla will be that Moonbeam has joined the ranks of the Republicans on the “War on Women”.
The only thing her bill was for was to allow women to SELL their eggs for research. If the research is so critical, why can’t the DONATE them to help themselves for their futures? The inequality between men and women in this are is due to the health dangers between donating women’s eggs and male sperm is far greater for the women than the men. Part of the reasons for those against the bill was that the poorer and disassociated women would be the ones risking their health more so than others.
As far as AB1266, the new transgender law she voted for, I don’t know if her 4 daughters are still, (or have ever been in) a school that would allow self-determined children of the opposite sex, to use her daughters locker rooms and bathrooms. I can only imagine her outrage if something happened that was inappropriate that involved her kids.

Anonymous August 15, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Bonilla took her instructions from the SF group regarding letting boys use the girls restrooms in school. Can she honestly say the majority of her constituents support this idea?

She is not known among the politicos as being very smart. This is an issue
that should not be forgotten.

Adolescent girls have rights, too.

Gus August 15, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I think in California it is more of a “we have rights to your adolescent girls.”

This state is going to be such a freak show in ten years. I’m waiting for them to pass a law that requires graduating seniors to prove “sexual open-mindedness” in the form of a u-tube video before graduating.

But no one will care because they will all be stoned.

Hey Susan how about a law that requires me to house all of the prisoners you want to release? They aren’t soldiers so it’s not unconstitutional.

Always Right August 15, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Glad this astoundingly stupid bill was vetoed.

Bonilla just doesn’t understand human nature. Paying for body parts is a bad idea. Period.

Random Task August 15, 2013 at 5:16 PM


Concord Guy August 15, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Yet more blather from an established political hack. How on earth does this woman win elections? SMH

Howard K Mullins III August 15, 2013 at 5:41 PM

This woman wins elections by running unopposed.

Don’t like her, run against her.

Anonymous August 15, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Run against her? She has big BART SEIU money behind her.

Freddie mercury August 15, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Let me tell you when big BART is behind you you will go places.

Prediction August 15, 2013 at 9:55 PM

The good news is the vote to let boys into girls bathroom is going to play a part in the next campaign. Rumor has it a moderate dem is going to take her on.Stay tuned.

Anonymous August 15, 2013 at 11:00 PM

I also heard that a fairly well known Democrat is going to take Bonilla on. Her free trip to Hawaii paid for by a special interest group, and her vote on letting boys into girls locker rooms and bathrooms are big enough issues to attract lots of independents, who are not bound to vote for an R or. D . Of course all three Republicans in Claycord would happily vote for Random Tasks if it got Bonilla out of office.

One of the big PTAs is really,really irritated with her.

Phillip August 16, 2013 at 8:45 AM

As her staff drones have told me – she is “perfectly in tune with her constituents.”

I’ll have to see if I still have the e-mail stating that.

What an idiot – and what idiots we are for continuing to elect THIS idiot!

My dog could do a better job – at least she knows where to take a crap…

Anon August 16, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Little discrete pre fund raising committments coming in to oppose Susan.

vindex August 16, 2013 at 9:01 AM

I am an independent, and if you can’t tell from my posts, I’m so done with Ms. Bonilla. I voted for her.. I’m ashamed of that vote. She portrayed herself as a Moderate/Christian Democrat. I’m not seeing that with her.

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