Schwarzenegger Mulls Action on Cord Blood Legislation
The California Legislature sent a bill (AB 52) to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) that would set up a system to let parents donate umbilical cord blood at no cost. Collection of the cord blood largely would be funded by a $2 increase for certified birth certificates. Supports say the measure is key to boosting cord-blood supplies, but the state Department of Public Health and the not-for-profit Child Abuse Prevention Center oppose the measure because of the increase in birth certificate fees.
- "Bill To Spur Collection of Life-Saving Umbilical Cord Blood Awaits Action by Schwarzenegger" (Ferriss, Sacramento Bee, 9/17).