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by Lori Arnold, for the California Family Alliance
Aug. 5, 2013
A proposed bill allowing any public school child to use the restrooms and locker rooms based on their perceived gender will become law in a matter of days unless citizens can persuade Gov. Jerry Brown to veto the measure before its 12-day signing deadline passes.
Assembly Bill 1266 (Ammiano, D-San Francisco), which also requires administrators and teachers to accommodate the perceived gender for all students involved in sports and other extra-curricular activities, was sent to the governor on Aug. 1 after successfully passing both the Assembly and the Senate.
At a time when California education is coming under fire for poor performance, this bill will create further chaos as teachers will be forced to become identity keepers for a small number of children confused about their identity. That confusion will be exacerbated as thousands of unsuspecting students will suddenly find themselves face to face with opposite sex peers in their bathrooms, changing rooms and showers.
Also sent to the governor on Thursday was AB 926 (Bonilla, D-Concord), a measure that allows women to be paid to “donate” their reproductive eggs for research. This bill has been promoted as an equality issue since men are paid for sperm donations. The bill, however, has failed to address the serious medical risks unique to women who subject themselves to the extensive egg harvesting process, which requires the injection of synthetic hormones. In some instances the procedure has resulted in hospitalization and, in several cases, death.
The medical and ethical concerns associated with egg donation have prompted numerous organizations, including several feminist groups, to oppose AB 926. The detractors include the Center for Genetics and Society, the Alliance for Human Biotechnology, Forward Together, the National Women’s Health Network, Our Bodies Ourselves, the Pro-Choice Alliance for Responsible Research, and We Are Egg Donors.
The governor’s veto clock will expire next week, even as the Assembly will resume hearings on several other key bills we have been monitoring, including AB 154 (Atkins, D-San Diego), which widens access to abortion by allowing lesser trained, non-physician personnel to perform the abortive surgeries; AB 980 (Pan, D-Sacramento), which lowers building safety requirements for abortion clinics; AB 714 (Wieckowski, D-Fremont), which provides even more taxpayer funding for spinal cord research that uses embryonic stem cells; and AB 460 (Ammiano, D-San Francisco), which mandates that insurance companies must cover infertility treatments for homosexual couples.
Finally, one of the bills that has re-emerged in the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee is Senate Bill (SB) 323 (Lara, D-Long Beach), a measure that morphs taxes from a revenue generator into a punitive weapon against religious beliefs that run contrary to secular group think by forcing all youth charity groups that disallow homosexuals to pay sales tax on all fundraising campaign profits.
This is an important week to speak out, both to the governor about the bills on his desk, and to legislators who are considering appalling laws for California. To guide you, we have provided sample messages below, which you may use to communicate your concerns about these bills to the legislature and governor. Please increase your impact by sending this information to people who share your beliefs.
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