One Equal World

Equal Access to Fertility Services

Posted on: November 12, 2012

Recently, California governor Jerry Brown signed into action a landmark bill, which will give single women and same-sex couples the same access to fertility services as heterosexual couples. This makes California the first state to do so.

The bill, which will go into effect on January 1st, allows single women and same-sex couples to choose a “designated donor” and receive fresh donations rather than having to have the sperm frozen and tested with each effort at insemination. Freezing samples can make conception more difficult, and this removes that barrier.

This legislation is gives the same rights and services to single women and same-sex couples as those that are already available for opposite-sex couples. Being able to designate a known donor and receive fresh donations not only increases the likelihood of conception, but it also makes fertility services much more affordable and therefore more accessible.

The legislation was originally introduced by Nancy Skinner (Berkeley), who is an Assembly member. The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equality California then picked the issue up and lobbied in favor of it. By signing this bill into action, the governor and legislature are publicly recognizing that everyone deserves equal rights and access to fertility services—heterosexual couples, same-sex couples, transgender people, and single women alike.

Now, many people, who would not have otherwise been able to be parents, can afford the fertility services to do so. It allows for more effective fertilization in a safe environment. In a press release regarding the new bill, the NCLR expressed sincere admiration of this progressive movement by the governor and the legislature.


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