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February 3, 1990 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Supreme Court, acting in a precedent-setting case, has cleared the way for authorities to deny a mother custody of a child born suffering the effects of illegal drugs she took during pregnancy. Over two dissenting votes, the justices refused to disturb a ruling last November by a state Court of Appeal in San Diego that for the first time denied custody solely because of a mother's drug use.
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April 28, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Following two emotional surrogate-motherhood custody disputes, state Sen. Diane Watson (D-Los Angeles) has introduced a controversial bill that would legalize surrogate-parenting contracts in California. The bill is designed to clarify the legal definition of parenthood, which has been thrown into a state of flux by new reproductive technologies that have severed sex from procreation and genetics from gestation.
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October 23, 1990 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a case that attracted national attention, a judge ruled Monday that surrogate mother Anna L. Johnson has no rights at all to the baby she bore for an infertile couple and granted exclusive custody to the infant's genetic parents. The decision by Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard N. Parslow Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1987 | MYRNA OLIVER, Times Legal Affairs Writer
Staunchly reiterating the state's interest in "preserving the integrity of the matrimonial family," a California Court of Appeal on Thursday denied an unmarried Santa Monica businessman the right to visit the 5-year-old girl he calls his daughter. Michael Hirschensohn, who had an affair with a married woman, had challenged a state law that presumes the cohabiting husband of a biological mother is the father of her child.
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July 14, 1990 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a decision expected to have deep impact on California family law, a state appeals court Friday overturned a judge's order that forced a divorced mother to move herself and her child from San Francisco to be near her former husband in Ventura. The 2nd District Court of Appeal vacated a 1988 order from the Ventura County Superior Court, which told Pamela Besser she would lose custody of her 6-year-old son, Joshua, unless she moved with him to be near the boy's father, Michael Fingert.
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April 24, 1990 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man who agrees to help a woman bear a child by donating sperm has a constitutional right to claim fatherhood, according to a ruling which the Supreme Court let stand Monday. This decision adds a new wrinkle to the developing law on artificial insemination. Nationwide, an estimated 20,000 children a year are born through artificial insemination.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1991 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Experts on family law and child development on Friday overwhelmingly criticized a judge's ruling that gave a surrogate mother and biological father joint custody of a 16-month-old girl conceived through artificial insemination. "The judge can't be serious," said James B. Boskey, a family law professor at Seton Hall Law School in Newark, N.J. "I don't see how this could possibly be healthy for the child. This is precedent-setting in a very dangerous way."
BUSINESS
June 14, 1995 | From Associated Press
Parents could block violent and other objectionable programs on television under a plan approved by the Senate that would require manufacturers to include a special computer chip in new TVs. Despite objections by Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.), the requirement was added by voice vote Tuesday night to a bill overhauling the nation's telecommunications laws.
NEWS
February 3, 1993 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The state Supreme Court stepped warily Tuesday into the debate over surrogate motherhood, with some justices raising doubts about a woman's claim to maternal rights to a test-tube baby she bore for a childless couple. In their first review of the issue, the justices heard an appeal by Anna M. Johnson, a nurse who was denied custody of a baby boy she was paid to deliver from the sperm and egg of Mark and Crispina Calvert of Tustin in 1990. Johnson's lawyer, Richard C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1992 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the latest development in a custody struggle that could break new ground in California family law, a Canoga Park man was awarded custody Monday of a 4-year-old boy whom he has been raising but did not father. An elated Larry McLinden, 43, won primary custody of Larry McLinden Jr., who was declared his legal son by the same court last month even though he is not the boy's biological father and never married the child's mother. "I do believe that Larry McLinden will afford Larry Jr.
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