By Mary Huber
California Senate Bill 926 which promised gender equality and income opportunity came and went. Authored by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) and sponsored by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, this legislation would have authorized financial compensation for the harvesting of women’s eggs for the purpose of scientific research.
While working its way through the State Legislature with stealthy precision, the bill appeared to sail under the radar. But it could not circumvent the watchful eyes of the California Catholic Conference, women’s health groups and the Center of Bioethics and Culture. Bonilla’s bill ultimately failed because Governor Jerry Brown vetoed it on August 13.