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California Bill on Eggs for Research Approved by Assembly Committee

Genetic Crossroads
June 29th, 2006

SB 1260, the bill that will institute safeguards for women who provide eggs for research, was approved 12-0 by the California Assembly Health Committee on June 27. CGS Project Director Emily Galpern testified in support of the bill; it is also supported by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, Pro-Choice Alliance for Responsible Research, and the Womenís Foundation of California. SB 1260 next goes to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

The most significant changes since the billís passage by the Senate are:

Inclusion of SCROs: SB 1260 has been amended to designate Stem Cell Research Oversight committees (SCROs) as the local bodies to oversee stem cell research, as recommended in guidelines issued in 2005 by a committee of the National Academies of Science. Institutional Review Boards are still required to review any research projects involving human subjects, and since the bill designates women who provide eggs for research as research subjects, they will be accorded all federal and state protections accorded human research subjects.

Privacy protection: SB 1260 requires reporting on demographic information of women who provide eggs for research and on any adverse health outcomes they experience as a result of the egg retrieval procedure. An amendment was introduced to strengthen the language ensuring the privacy of the women whose data will be reported.

Lost wages: Lost wages are no longer excluded from reimbursable expenses. Compensation for eggs for research purposes is still prohibited, in accordance with the National Academies' stem cell guidelines.


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