Jason Patric Fights for More Rights for Sperm Donors

Jason Patric fighting for a relationship with his son

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 14, 2013 10:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – If Jason Patric has his way, sperm donors in California could find themselves with more legal rights regarding their biological children. The Lost Boys actor appeared before the Assembly Judiciary Committee yesterday to ask lawmakers to approve a bill that would expand paternal rights for fathers in IVF conceptions. The bill would allow Patric another chance to seek custody of his 3-year-old son, conceived through in vitro fertilization with an ex-girlfriend. Though Patric says he went to "great lengths" to become a dad and was involved in the boy's life, the ex was awarded sole custody last year. ABC News reports that Patric is considered simply a sperm donor, since he and the mother were not married.

Patric says he and the boy's mother signed an "intended parent" document, but the Christian Science Monitor article is a bit confusing on a few points: It also says a judge awarded the mother full custody because there was no written agreement between the pair ... and it says Patric claims he couldn't make his case before a judge due to current California law. In any case, this bill would give courts greater discretion with regard to fathers in similar custody cases. The issue is a complicated one, and many women's rights groups oppose the bill, but the assemblyman who introduced it says it would only apply in cases where the fathers have been significantly involved already.

Jason Patric appears before the Assembly Judiciary Committee in Sacramento, Calif. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.
Jason Patric appears before the Assembly Judiciary Committee in Sacramento, Calif. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Actors Cameron Diaz, left, and Jason Patric attend the world premiere of 'My Sister's Keeper' on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 in New York.
Actors Cameron Diaz, left, and Jason Patric attend the world premiere of 'My Sister's Keeper' on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
A 1987 photo provided by Warner Brothers shows Corey Haim, left, and Jason Patric  in a photo from the movie The Lost Boys.
A 1987 photo provided by Warner Brothers shows Corey Haim, left, and Jason Patric in a photo from the movie "The Lost Boys".   (AP Photo/Warner Brothers)
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I have to be Gus' voice—my son—a voice that I have not heard in 25 weeks, a voice that is not allowed to mention my name in his mother's home, a voice that has sent me here to speak to you all. - Jason Patric

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