Critics say Calif. infertility bill violates children’s rights

A California bill ensuring that health care coverage for infertility treatments would be provided to same-sex couples is a violation of the basic human right for a mother and a father, critics charge.

“What we’re concerned about is sperm and egg donation in general, for the purpose of creating children,” Bill May, president of Catholics for the Common Good, told CNA April 30.

He said the practice deprives these children of “knowing and being cared for by their mother or father, or both. It’s a violation of a fundamental human right, and it needs to be stopped.”

The bill, AB-460, amends California statute to say that “coverage for the treatment of infertility shall be offered and provided without discrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, domestic partner status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.”