Writing "not everything in life is for sale nor should it be," Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday vetoed legislation seeking to repeal a California law prohibiting women from selling their eggs for medical research.
"The questions raised here are not simple; they touch matters that are both personal and philosophical," the Democratic governor said in a veto message released late in the day. "In medical procedures of this kind, genuinely informed consent is difficult because the long-term risks are not adequately known. Putting thousands of dollars on the table only compounds the problem."
Proponents of the legislation said the current restriction on compensating women for their eggs has stymied fertility research in California, while opponents said eggs should not be treated as a commodity.
The bill, Assembly Bill 926 by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, would have replaced an existing law that prohibits paying women for eggs for medical research beyond reimbursing them for direct expenses. The current law does not prohibit compensation to women who donate eggs for fertility purposes.
Brown wrote in his veto message, "After careful review of the materials which both supporters and opponents submitted, I do not find sufficient reason to change course."
PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown talks to members of the press on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua