City Visions: July 23, 2012
MisConception: LGBTQ Fertility and Fighting the FDA
As more than 23,000 delegates from over 195 countries convene this week in Washington, D.C., for the XIX International AIDS Conference, LGBTQ rights advocates and others in California are trying to raise awareness about FDA policies and guidelines that they say place undue and unnecessary restrictions on LGBTQ individuals looking to conceive--policies they say were informed by concerns around the transmission HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Are the FDA guidelines unconstitutional and outdated? What is AB 2356, the new bill by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner? And what about the patient's role and informed consent?
- Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights
- Leland Traiman, Family Nurse Practitioner, who owns and operates Rainbow Flag Health Services & Sperm Bank -- a fertility service with a special interest in the LGBT community.
- Dr. Juno Obedin-Maliver, Resident physician with the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Her research and clinical interests include maternal mortality, family planning, LGBTQ Health, and medical education.
- Maya Scott-Chung, Public health advocate, health educator, and grassroots organizer -- speaking as a queer parent