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New California law good news for same-sex couples wanting to have children

Governor Jerry Brown signs bill that ensures equal access to fertility services

Same-sex couples and single people in California will now have the same access to fertilty services that were previously only available to heterosexual couples.

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Friday (28 September) Assembly Bill 2356 which means that women seeking fertility services with a known donor who is not their partner are no longer subject to time-consuming and costly repeat testing with each insemination effort.

'This law allows doctors and providers to provide services that are currently only available to different-sex couples to people using known donors,' said Cathy Sakimura, Family Protection Project Director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights which co-sponsored the bill with Equality California.

'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,' Sakimura added.

The bill authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, will go into effect on January 1, 2013.

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