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Gov. Brown Vetoes Bill To Pay Egg Donors For Research

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Embryologist Ric Ross examines a dish with human embryos under a microscope at the La Jolla IVF Clinic February 28, 2007 in La Jolla, California. The clinic accepts donated embryos from around the country through The Stem Cell resource which are then given to stem cell research labs for research. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

An embryologist examines a dish with human embryos under a microscope at the La Jolla IVF Clinic February 28, 2007 in La Jolla, California. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

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SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have made it legal to pay women to stimulate and harvest their reproductive eggs for research.

Brown says in a veto letter for AB926 that “not everything in life is for sale nor should it be.” The letter is dated Tuesday.

The bill by Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla of Concord aimed to protect women from exploitation when they serve as research subjects. It would have allowed them to be compensated for the time, discomfort and inconvenience of producing the eggs.

Current law prohibits human oocytes or embryos from being acquired, sold, offered for sale, received or traded for medical research.

Brown says the long-term risks for women are unknown, and “putting thousands of dollars on the table only compounds this problem.”

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