US actor's custody case sparks sperm donor fight
SACRAMENTO, California (AP) - A California bill sparked by a custody dispute involving The Lost Boys actor Jason Patric that would allow certain sperm donors to seek paternity rights in court is on hold after a legislative hearing on Tuesday.
Patric testified before state lawmakers about his court battle to gain custody of his three-year-old son, Gus. A judge deemed him a sperm donor -rather than a parent - during a custody dispute over the boy.
Patric and his ex-girlfriend, Danielle Schreiber, conceived the boy through artificial insemination. They disagree on the role Patric was to play in the child's life.
State Senator Jerry Hill is carrying SB115, which would allow a man whose sperm was used to conceive a child through artificial insemination to ask a court for parental rights if he can show a certain level of involvement in the child's life.