Bucking the state's reputation for regulatory zeal, California has loosened federal requirements surrounding sperm donation.
The Associated Press informs us
of a new law in the ever-progressive state that will allow sperm-seekers to bypass federal laws mandating that sperm be either quarantined and frozen for six months or provided by a man who can submit to repeated testing for sexually transmitted diseases. The legislation, spearheaded by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), will go into effect January 1st, and is considered a victory for the LGBT community and single women hoping to conceive. Currently, only straight couples in traditional relationships can opt to "fast track" the process of artificial insemination by forgoing the costly freezing and testing process.
"The thought of paying four to five thousand additional dollars to freeze and quarantine sperm...it just didn't make sense to us," said one woman in a long-term lesbian relationship.
"The current rules discriminate against women without intimate male partners, according to the text of the law," writes AP