Laurie Hasencamp with API Equality – LA Executive Director Eileen Ma with the Queer Contingent at this year’s Mayday Downtown March
Congrats to Laurie Hasencamp on her award from the National Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association — she’s the 2012 Ally for Justice!
It’s understandable that the barriers to family building for lesbian couples don’t get much coverage — it’s an intimate piece of life for many couples, and the details aren’t usually included in baby shower announcements. But a Jane Doe lawsuit over FDA regulations is helping change that. Basically, the problem is that potential donors only have to be tested once if they’re hetero-married, but have to be tested each time if they’re helping out another couple. So Jane Doe has sued the FDA to remedy that discrimination nationwide.
Here in California, we’ve sponsored AB 2356 along with the National Center For Lesbian Rights, legislation to address this issue and ensure that lesbian women can access fertility services on the same terms as other women rather than being limited to only the least effective and most expensive of fertility services. Read the rest of this entry »