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Should Sperm Donors Have Parental Rights?

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A bill prompted by a custody dispute involving actor Jason Patric would allow certain sperm donors to seek paternity rights in court. The bill would require a donor to have lived with the child and held the child forth openly as his own. But opponents say the measure could affect the rights of same-sex couples or single mothers who use sperm donors. We discuss the bill, which is currently being revised after failing to clear a legislative panel last week.


Jerry Hill, California state senator representing the 13th District

Robert Walmsley, attorney with Jarrette & Walmsley, LLP

Deborah Wald, founder and senior partner at Wald & Thorndal, P.C.