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Bill Would Allow Women to be Paid for Donating Eggs to Science


AB 926 would reverse a California ban on paying women for donating their eggs to science.

Supporters of the measure say encouraging such donations will support research that could benefit all women in the future.

The bill would also allow eggs and embryos left over from fertility treatments to be donated to science.   

The measure requires a human subject research panel to determine how much a woman should be compensated. Industry guidelines suggest women should be paid between $5,000 and $10,000 when donating eggs for fertility treatments.  

Critics say reversing the ban could lead to the exploitation of low-income women who might need the money.

The measure will be considered in the Senate Health Committee this week.


Katie Orr

Health Care Reporter

Katie Orr covers health policy for Capital Public Radio. She received her Masters in Political Science from San Diego State University. In her spare time Katie enjoys wine tasting and shopping, though she tries not to combine the two.  Read Full Bio