Tuesday, July 16, 2013
From the LA Times:
For at least two decades, the California family code stated that sperm donors were not to be considered the fathers of the children they helped conceive. That was supposed to protect both the men donating sperm — often anonymously and for money — and the women who used it to get pregnant but who didn't want the donor involved in the child's life. Two years ago, the code was amended to allow an exception when the donor and the woman had a written agreement to the contrary, signed before conception.
But the law hasn't kept pace with advances in assisted reproductive technology and changes in the public's perception of what constitutes a family. Today, families are defined more broadly, and a man is more likely to donate sperm to, say, a friend or an unmarried girlfriend who is trying to get pregnant through artificial insemination — and he is more likely to maintain a relationship with a child who is subsequently born.
A bill passed by the state Senate and awaiting action in the Assembly would smartly update the family code by giving some sperm donors legal recourse to argue for parental rights in cases in which the mother at first agrees and then changes her mind.
Read more here.
Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn