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California bishops welcome governor’s opposition to sale of human eggs

September 16, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown of California recently vetoed a measure that would have permitted the sale of human eggs.

“This bill would legalize the payment of money in exchange for a woman submitting to invasive procedures to stimulate, extract and harvest her eggs for scientific research,” said the governor.

“In medical procedures of this kind, genuinely informed consent is difficult, because the long-term risks are not adequately known,” he added. “Putting thousands of dollars on the table only compounds the problem.”

The California Catholic Conference issued a statement welcoming the veto.

“The California Catholic Conference opposed this bill because it would have put women’s health in jeopardy and would have created a marketing dynamic designed to exploit women who are most in need of resources—college students, immigrants and women with economic challenges,” according to the statement.


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  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - Sep. 16, 2013 3:25 PM ET USA

    While I salute Brown's veto of this bill, I find it interesting that the democrat legislature of California sees it as legitimate to tinker with bills that impugn God's perogative as the procreator of life, but choose to leave safe and sacrosanct the organ donor industry, which makes huge profits by denying individuals the right to their own body. It is essentially rent control brought up front and personal.