Women can be compensated in cases where eggs are donated for fertility treatments, with industry guidelines suggesting payments of $5,000 to $10,000.
Few women voluntarily go through the invasive and time-consuming procedure without compensation, leading to a shortage of healthy oocytes, commonly called eggs, for research.
That could change under a recently introduced bill that would allow women to be compensated for their time, trouble and inconvenience when donating eggs for research.
“Getting this research back on track will benefit a great number of women,” said Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, the bill’s author.
Lori Arnold of the California Family Council has concerns, saying Bonilla’s bill opens up “dangerous medical ground.” The family council — an anti-abortion group that promotes Christian principles in policy — said eggs should be treated like organs and should not be sold.
“Eggs are a foundational element for life,” said Arnold, the family council’s research analyst. “We support legislation that honors that. In this case, we believe it dishonors life and is subject to abuse.”