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Governor Brown Signs Fertility Equality Bill Conceived by Alameda Resident

Leland Traiman who conceived of the idea behind AB 2356. (File photo)

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed bill AB2356, the idea for which was Leland Traiman’s of Alameda. Traiman is a Nurse/Legal Consultant and candidate for the Alameda Health Care District Board, which oversees Alameda Hospital.

The bill makes it easier for women to use known sperm donors and access certain fertility procedures that are less expensive and more effective than others. It was officially authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner and co-sponsored by Equality California and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

“Women’s issues once again are at the forefront of national debate. AB 2356 ensures that all women have equal access to fertility services,” said Assemblymember Skinner. “I am grateful Governor Brown signed legislation that will eliminate barriers LGBT and single women confront when seeking to conceive.”

“The decisions regarding building a family are a core freedom in California. Same-sex couples have faced many barriers in forming families, including unequal access to fertility healthcare,” said Clarissa Filgioun, Equality California Board President. “This unequal treatment has, heartbreakingly, denied many couples the opportunity to conceive a child of their own. Signing AB 2356 works to remedy that disparity, putting the joy of having a child and building a family within the reach of all loving families. We thank Assemblymember Skinner for her leadership on this bill and Governor Brown for removing one more barrier to a state of equality.”

Said NCLR Family Protection Project Director Cathy Sakimura: “This law allows doctors and providers to provide services that are currently only available to different-sex couples to people using known donors. Many intended parents who would not otherwise be able to afford any fertility services will be able to access safer and more effective procedures under this new law. We applaud the Governor and the Legislature for recognizing that same-sex couples, transgender people, and single women should have equal access to fertility services.”

the law goes into effect January 1st, 2013.

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