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LGBT groups ask governor to sign bill regarding reproduction methods
September 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Mimi Elkalla, Bakersfield Now

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Many LGBT groups have called on Gov. Jerry Brown to sign the Equal Protections for All families Act.
Brown has until Oct. 11 to sign the bill into law.

AB 960, authored by Assembly member David Chiu, D-San Francisco, would address issues that unmarried couples would face when using assisted reproduction methods.

Jo Michaels, the legislative director of Equality California, said the bill would protect families regardless of what method is used to begin one.

“You would be able to be assured that you would be recognized as a legal parent,” said Michaels.

He said under the law that sperm donors can be treated as biological fathers, which means they could end up having to pay child support, especially in cases where the child was conceived through at home insemination.

“There can be situations depending on what kind of assisted reproduction you used,” said Michaels.

“Particularly for lower income LGBT families we have seen this problem come up a great deal. There are some methods for assisted reproduction are very expensive and there are some that are comparatively much less expensive,” Michaels said.

Michaels said the act clarifies the law. Both Equality California and National Center for Lesbian Rights support the act.

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