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Bill ensuring equal access to fertility services for same-sex couples passes California Senate

LGBT Weekly,  Aug 29, 2012

The California State Senate has voted 26 to 10 to approve a bill that would ensure that women in same-sex relationships and single women can access fertility services on the same terms as women in different-sex relationships. Assembly Bill 2356, authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner and co-sponsored by Equality California and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, would allow women using known donors to access certain fertility procedures that are less expensive and more effective. Previously approved by the Assembly, the bill will proceed to the governor’s desk after a routine vote in the Assembly to concur in amendments made in the Senate.

National Center for Lesbian Rights Family Protection Project Director Cathy Sakimura said, “Women using known donors are currently unable to access a more affordable and effective fertility procedure because donor testing laws don’t address this situation. This bill makes a small change in the law that will greatly benefit many families who would otherwise be unable to conceive.”

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