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Testimony in opposition to AB 926 - paying women for egg donations for research

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April 18, 2013

Proposed legislation to lift the ban on paying women for egg “donation” for scientific research was heard and passed by the Assembly Health Committee on April 16, 2013—over the objection of the CCC and of Jennifer Lahl, R.N. , founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture. Jennifer is the executive producer, director, and writer of the award-winning documentary, Eggsploitation, which examines the U.S. multi-billion dollar infertility industry, which uses young women’s bodies to produce a highly desired and valuable commodity—human eggs.

She cautioned the legislators that their safeguard of “informed consent” is meaningless, when no one yet knows the long-term effects of multiple egg retrieval on future fertility and general health.  She also pointed out that the most obvious recruits for the procedure will be women who are in desperate need of money. Her testimony follows:

Members of the Health Committee, thank you for allowing me to address you today.

My name is Jennifer Lahl. I am a nurse with over 20 years of experience in pediatric critical care nursing. I contributed chapters in a nursing textbook on Maternal and Child Health and was three-time editor of Facts and Comparisons, a drug reference book for use by healthcare professionals. I have been a long time patient advocate.