The following comes from an August 13 story in the Los Angeles Times.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have lifted a ban on women being paid for donating their eggs to medical research.
The action came after conservative groups raised ethical issues about the sale of human eggs and six years after the practice was prohibited by the state.
“Not everything in life is for sale nor should it be,” Brown wrote in his veto message.
Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) introduced the measure, saying it was unfair that most other research subjects are compensated.
“It is time to let women, just as any other research subject, make an informed decision as to participation, and justly compensate them for doing so,” said Bonilla in a statement. “AB 926 addresses issues of equity and, most importantly, of women’s health.”
The lawmaker said the ban on compensating women for donating oocytes for research has reduced research in fertility issues, resulting in women suffering from infertility or cancer to make treatment decisions without the best scientific information possible.
Brown was not convinced that things have changed enough in the six years since the ban was put in place. “In medical procedures of this kind, genuinely informed consent is difficult because the long term risks are not adequately known,” Brown wrote. “Putting thousands of dollars on the table only compounds the problem.”
The measure is supported by groups including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the California National Organization for Women.
Opponents include the California Right to Life Committee and the Center for Bioethics and Culture. Groups opposed to the bill argued that it poses a health risk because some egg harvesting exposes healthy young women to multiple synthetic hormones in order to produce many times the normal number of eggs per cycle.
The group Concerned Women for America of California lobbied against the legislation, saying it is concerned with the basic moral and ethical issue of what they see is essentially creating a “commodity” in human eggs.
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When Catholic politicians and other public figures are NOT publically corrected by their Diocese Bishop for their public actions – they only get worse.
All Bishops must start correcting “Catholics” via Canon 915 and 1399 when necessary. These corrections may save their Souls and the Souls of many other who have been scandalized. In fact, Bishops who allow scandal, sacrilege, heresy, schism and relativism to thrive in their own diocese due to their lack of action – become participants through sins of omission. They also appear to say – these sins do not matter.
” The Discipline Regarding the Denial of Holy Communion to Those Obstinately Persevering in Manifest Grave Sin ” – by Cardinal Raymond Burke
CCC: ” 2275 One must hold as licit procedures carried out on the human embryo which respect the life and integrity of the embryo and do not involve disproportionate risks for it, but are directed toward its healing the improvement of its condition of health, or its individual survival.
It is immoral to produce human embryos intended for exploitation as disposable biological material.
Certain attempts to influence chromosomic or genetic inheritance are not therapeutic but are aimed at producing human beings selected according to sex or other predetermined qualities. Such manipulations are contrary to the personal dignity of the human being and his integrity and identity which are unique and unrepeatable. “
CCC: ” 2376 Techniques that entail the dissociation of husband and wife, by the intrusion of a person other than the couple (donation of sperm or ovum, surrogate uterus), are gravely immoral. These techniques (heterologous artificial insemination and fertilization) infringe the child’s right to be born of a father and mother known to him and bound to each other by marriage. They betray the spouses’ “right to become a father and a mother only through each other. “
Wow, one right decision out of hundreds of wrong decisions concerning the health of women. Aleuia!
Whenever I see a picture of Moonbeam, I see a picture of a human being rushing rapidly to Hell! Pray for his eternal soul!
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
For those who profess to be “pro women”, egg donors are faced with potentially serious risks. One such risk is “ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome” (OHSS), a very serious complication that occurs in 1-10% of donors.
Aside from moral issues, this definitely does not fall into the “reproductive health” mantra that leftists promote.
This veto provides a great topic for Brown’s eventual epitaph: He once used his egg.
WOW…good decision govr. brown……do more of this type of moral thinking…THANKS…lja/JMJ