Gov. Jerry Brown Condescends Toward Women in Egg-Sale Bill Veto

Finally, Rick Perry and Jerry Brown can find some common ground!Credit: euthman / Foter / CC BYIn California, a woman cannot sell her eggs for medical research, but she can sell them for actual breeding purposes.

An Assembly Bill by Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, would have changed the law to allow for compensation, approved by a research panel or review board. It passed both the Assembly and the Senate and was sent to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown for a signature. He vetoed it in about a condescending a manner as you’d expect from one of those conservative men who causes many women to bristle. From the Sacramento Bee:

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."

Genuinely informed consent is difficult, so the governor will decide for you, ladies! He’ll decide what in your life is for sale. Bonilla responded with a bit of horror at Brown’s language:

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, said she found Brown's reasoning "regressive" and that women's groups will object that he underestimates the ability of young women to make their own medical decisions.

"I think there is a groundswell of concern when looking at the veto statement," Bonilla said. "It takes an extremely conservative stance around issues of disclosure and whether women can adequately assess their own risks and sign disclosures for themselves."

I was going to mention the Democrats’ veto-proof supermajority in the legislature if they wanted to overrule the governor, but then I discovered they lost it in June when an assemblyman in Los Angeles joined the City Council (and they were a few votes short of a supermajority anyway).

Bonilla is concerned at how this policy is affecting the speed of research:

Bill supporters said AB 926 would spur research to help young women diagnosed with cancer by studying the impact of cancer-fighting drugs on fertility and improving embryo preservation methods.

"That's the most disappointing part of the veto," Bonilla said. "People sometimes get distracted by argumentation or ideology. Really, it boils down to a decision particularly young women are facing when they get a cancer diagnosis."

Current research has been stalled since the 2006 law was enacted barring payments for eggs donated to science. Few women voluntarily go through the invasive and time-consuming procedure without compensation, leading to a shortage of eggs for research.

But women might not be able to make decisions for themselves about risks, what with all those crazy hormones and those fertility companies and scientists trying to take advantage of them. We need government to protect them.

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  • Metazoan||

    "The questions raised here are not simple; they touch matters that are both personal and philosophical,"

    So they should be decided for everyone by the state?

  • Spartacus||

    Of course not. They will be decided for everyone by Chris Christie.

  • Almanian!||

    I thought Rick Santorum already decided for everyone?

  • John Thacker||

    I was going to mention the Democrats’ veto-proof supermajority in the legislature if they wanted to overrule the governor, but then I discovered they lost it in June when an assemblyman in Los Angeles joined the City Council

    Doesn't matter, the bill easily had more than two-thirds thanks to bipartisan voting.

  • Warrren||

    Shorter Brown: We own you.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Can you imagine if there wasn't a man in the governor's office to explain the potential problem to the ladies?

  • Dweebston||

    I forget, which is the party waging war on women?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    This is protecting women from themselves.

  • sticks||

    I doubt any of these fucks are in favor of selling organs.

  • Scott S.||

    That's kind of the point.

  • ||

    No sarcasm filter? Those are mandatory here at Reason, that'll be a 200-word comment deduction for the next 7 days.

  • creech||

    I wonder how Brown stands on abortion? On minors being able to have one without telling their parents? Oh wait, I forgot that abortion is the only individual right enshrined in the Constitution.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Well come on, you can't treat an unfertilized egg like it's just a clump cells. That's totally different from a 20 week old fetus.

  • The Last American Hero||

    Abortion and free birth control. Get it right.

  • juris imprudent||

    It would be oppressive for abortion or birth control to be paid for by the person wanting the service/good.

  • ||

    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.

    Your body, your choice unless eeevvvillll exploitative profit motive is involved.

  • Almanian!||

    I blame the Koch Brothers™

  • Mickey Rat||

    ""It takes an extremely conservative stance around issues of disclosure and whether women can adequately assess their own risks and sign disclosures for themselves."

    Er, say what? The progressive opinion is that women (and men) cannot adequately assess risks on what level of health insurance they willing to purchase. That average person is incompetent to make basic decisions for themselves is the standard assumption for the Left. The only reason that this is unusual is that this issue touches on female reproductive issues which is the only normal exception to that assumption.

  • SugarFree||

    Those eggs have human DNA in them, right?

  • Almanian!||

    Not the ones taken from Dianne Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi. They have satan DNA. Cold, putrid, dead satan DNA.

  • SugarFree||

    They haven't had any eggs since Carter was in the White House. They probably shat out their petrified ovaries years ago and chalked it up to bad shellfish. (That's what it smelled like, after all.)

  • playa manhattan||

    That's the prose we all know and love!

  • KPres||

    "he underestimates the ability of young women to make their own medical decisions."

    I was told people aren't smart enough to make their own medical decisions and that's one of the reasons we need single payer.

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