California Supreme Court Gay-Marriage Ruling Reinforces Top Bay Area Fertility Specialists' Support for Same-Sex Couples

Thursday, July 24, 2008 General News J E 4
SAN RAMON, Calif., July 23 The recent California SupremeCourt decision to allow gay couples to marry strengthens the commitment of theReproductive Science Center of the Bay Area (RSC), one of the state's leadingfertility practices, to serving gays and lesbians for infertility treatment.

"California's legalization of same-sex marriage supports RSC's long-heldviews that procreation is a natural human desire and being a parent is afulfilling spiritual experience for everyone," said Dr. Susan P. Willman,Medical Director of RSC's Orinda's clinic. "Unfortunately, not all infertilityclinics will treat same-sex couples. We believe that the physiological andpsychological concerns of all prospective parents are pretty much the same andwarmly welcome gay and lesbian couples here."

The new ruling has triggered an influx of same-sex couples traveling toCalifornia for marriage ceremonies. With that in mind, RSC is expanding itssupport to same-sex couples nationwide, offering medical and emotional supportto any such couples interested in starting families. RSC has also launched anew Web site dedicated to the specific needs of parents who seek third-partyservices,

RSC embraces the American Society for Reproductive Medicine ethicscommittee's statement that it is their "ethical duty to treat single personsand gay and lesbian couples equally with married couples." Some programs willtreat single women and lesbian couples but will not assist single men or gaycouples to have children.

About Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area

Established in 1983, RSC was one of the earliest IVF facilities in theUnited States, begun just two years after the nation's first successful IVFtreatment. RSC was among the first in the U.S. to report a successfulpregnancy from an egg donated from one woman to another for gestation anddelivery, and was also responsible for the nation's second successful transferof a previously frozen embryo into a mother's uterus. Today, RSC's staff offive infertility physicians with a collective 85 years' experience, practicein five locations in San Ramon, Orinda, San Jose, Fremont, and Modesto. RSC isa member of IntegraMed, the leading operator of fertility centers in the U.S.For more information, visit or

SOURCE Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area

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