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
Jason Patric appears before the Assembly Judiciary Committee in Sacramento, Calif. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

(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.

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Lefty_Libby
Aug 15, 2013 2:15 PM CDT
Marriage confers legal rights. Custodial rights are included in the rights that marriage protects. It's nice to be in love and make a commitment, but none of that holds up in court, especially after the violins stop playing.
ashes123
Aug 15, 2013 10:27 AM CDT
This is ridiculous. So for his own selfish (albeit sad) reasons, he's going to create a precedent that will screw lonely, desperate couples, who just want a child to call their own. Now those people will have to fear some whack job being able to horn into their life and the life of THEIR child. Don't make this about sperm donation...make this what it is. A boyfriend-girlfriend dispute.
gedrast
Aug 15, 2013 3:08 AM CDT
I agree,a complete moron.Idiot Hollywood entitlement run amok as usual.