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July 12, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
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.
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OPINION
October 1, 2013
Re "Wrenching choices for all," Column, Sept. 28 I agree with Sandy Banks that the adults involved in the custody case of Baby Veronica need to put aside the acrimony and do what is best for the child. However, I do not share Banks' sympathy for the father, Dusten Brown, or other dads who at first walk away and refuse to pay child support. It was Brown who declared himself a "sperm donor" when he chose to relinquish his parental rights so he wouldn't be saddled with child support.
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OPINION
December 22, 2011
The way Trent Arsenault touts himself, he's a tall, healthy and educated altruist who helps others by donating his sperm (sans sexual intercourse) on a fairly large scale. The way the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sees it, he operates a sperm bank, albeit an informal and unpaid one, that fails to meet federal regulations. From our perspective, the FDA is overreaching. Arsenault, an electronics company engineer in the Bay Area, promotes his service through the Internet to women who want to get pregnant without paying the $400 to $600 fee that a commercial sperm bank would charge.
OPINION
August 12, 2013 | By Naomi Cahn and June Carbone
When does a man become a father - the legally recognized parent of a child, responsible for support and eligible for custody? Historically, parenthood has involved something more than simply a biological connection. In some eras that meant the law recognized only fathers who married the mothers. Today, recognition extends to unmarried parents who raise a child together. The new question on the table is whether it extends to a man who donates sperm to a woman and establishes a relationship with the child.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - A child-custody dispute involving actor Jason Patric has evolved from Hollywood tabloid fodder into a policy battle in the state Legislature that could affect thousands of California parents. Patric, a star of films including "The Lost Boys," donated sperm in 2009 as part of a fertility treatment that resulted in pregnancy for a former girlfriend, Danielle Schreiber. The actor decided he wanted to help raise the child, Gus, who is now 3, but has been stymied in his attempts to gain partial custody in court.
HEALTH
May 16, 2011 | Marc Siegel, The Unreal World
"Donor Unknown" Met Film and Redbird Tribeca Film Festival, April 23 premiere The premise In this documentary, JoEllen Marsh is a 20-year-old woman who has never met her father. For most of her life, he was known only as sperm donor 150 from the California Cryobank, a large sperm bank based in Los Angeles. Marsh turns to a website called the Donor Sibling Registry and eventually discovers she has more than a dozen half-siblings with the same anonymous father.
NEWS
August 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
The California Supreme Court has let stand a lower court ruling that anonymous sperm donors do not have an unlimited right to privacy and can be forced to testify in legal proceedings. Without comment, the high court Wednesday unanimously upheld a May appellate court decision demanding that a man, identified only as Donor 276, testify in a lawsuit against a Culver City sperm bank.
NEWS
May 20, 2000 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
An anonymous sperm donor does not have an unlimited right to privacy and can be forced to testify in legal actions alleging that his donation resulted in genetic harm to a child he helped conceive, according to a California appellate court decision. An attorney for California Cryobank, one of the nation's largest and most well-established sperm banks, said Friday that the precedent-setting decision could discourage men from donating sperm to infertile couples.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2010 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
It makes perfect sense that "The Kids Are All Right" is opening the Los Angeles Film Festival. Director Lisa Cholodenko's movie, premiering at LAFF on Thursday night, unfolds around Venice and Echo Park. Its characters include a community gardener who runs a restaurant focused on locally grown organic ingredients, and Joni Mitchell's music figures prominently in the narrative. The film's central plot — a lesbian couple's interloping sperm donor upends their yuppie family life — could hardly be more Left Coast.
HEALTH
March 14, 2011 | Marc Siegel, The Unreal World
The Premise Dr. Nicole Allgood (Annette Bening) and her partner, Jules (Julianne Moore), have taken a non-traditional route to family life. The couple met in the ER when Nic, who is now an attending gynecologist, was a resident at UCLA and Jules was a patient with facial numbness. They became lovers, and when they decided to have children they went to a sperm bank, and each gave birth to a child using the same sperm donor. Flash forward several years, and their son, Laser (Josh Hutcherson)
OPINION
July 12, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - A child-custody dispute involving actor Jason Patric has evolved from Hollywood tabloid fodder into a policy battle in the state Legislature that could affect thousands of California parents. Patric, a star of films including "The Lost Boys," donated sperm in 2009 as part of a fertility treatment that resulted in pregnancy for a former girlfriend, Danielle Schreiber. The actor decided he wanted to help raise the child, Gus, who is now 3, but has been stymied in his attempts to gain partial custody in court.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
January Jones is keeping mum about her child's paternity. The "Mad Men" actress, who plays Don Draper's sullen ex-wife Betty, gave birth to son Xander Dane Jones in September 2011, but never said who the father was, squarely placing the boy's paternity in the Ministry's Department of Mysterious Mysteries. Speculation included her ex Jason Sudeikis, her "X-Men: First Class" director Matthew Vaughn and a sperm donor. Others joked it was a "virgin" birth. And lately the actress has been linked to just about every male she can fit in a photographer's frame with, including Miley Cyrus' fiance, Liam Hemsworth.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Penelope Cruz is pregnant again, expecting her second baby with hubby Javier Bardem, according to a couple of reports out Friday. The "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" actress is about three months along, a source confirmed to E! News after the New York Post first reported the news. The new tyke will be a younger sibling to 38-year-old Cruz and 43-year-old Bardem's first born, Leo Encinas Bardem, who arrived in January 2011. "Skyfall" villain Bardem tied the knot with Cruz in July 2010.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2012 | By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Ernest Zeringue was looking for a niche in the cutthroat industry of fertility treatments. He seized on price, a huge obstacle for many patients, and in late 2010 began advertising a deal at his Davis, Calif., clinic unheard of anywhere else: Pregnancy for $9,800 or your money back. That's about half the price for in vitro fertilization at many other clinics, which do not include money-back guarantees. Typically, insurance coverage is limited and patients pay again and again until they give birth - or give up. Those patients use their own eggs and sperm - or carefully select donors when necessary - and the two are combined in a petri dish to create a batch of embryos.
OPINION
December 22, 2011
The way Trent Arsenault touts himself, he's a tall, healthy and educated altruist who helps others by donating his sperm (sans sexual intercourse) on a fairly large scale. The way the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sees it, he operates a sperm bank, albeit an informal and unpaid one, that fails to meet federal regulations. From our perspective, the FDA is overreaching. Arsenault, an electronics company engineer in the Bay Area, promotes his service through the Internet to women who want to get pregnant without paying the $400 to $600 fee that a commercial sperm bank would charge.
NEWS
November 18, 2010 | By Michael Ordoña, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Into the seemingly idyllic, if nontraditional, two-mom family world of "The Kids Are All Right" saunters trouble in the form of Mark Ruffalo. His rakish Paul, the family's heretofore anonymous sperm donor of the now teen children, brings the swaggering fun you'd expect from any motorcycle-riding, organic-fare restaurateur. Costar Julianne Moore said after all this female energy on the set, when you showed up, you were "über-male" and "all hairy and beardy," and all this male stuff came through.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Penelope Cruz is pregnant again, expecting her second baby with hubby Javier Bardem, according to a couple of reports out Friday. The "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" actress is about three months along, a source confirmed to E! News after the New York Post first reported the news. The new tyke will be a younger sibling to 38-year-old Cruz and 43-year-old Bardem's first born, Leo Encinas Bardem, who arrived in January 2011. "Skyfall" villain Bardem tied the knot with Cruz in July 2010.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The family has always been a more elastic body than the defenders of its narrowest definition would like to admit, and as science changes the face of procreation, and the Internet increases the flow of information, that body is stretching in new and unexpected ways. "Donor Unknown," which plays locally Sunday on PBS SoCal (KOCE) as part of "Independent Lens," looks at a particular group of people in a particular time — the half siblings anonymously fathered by a single sperm donor — but it's also a story of the general future: "And it's the beginning" are the last words spoken here.
HEALTH
May 16, 2011 | Marc Siegel, The Unreal World
"Donor Unknown" Met Film and Redbird Tribeca Film Festival, April 23 premiere The premise In this documentary, JoEllen Marsh is a 20-year-old woman who has never met her father. For most of her life, he was known only as sperm donor 150 from the California Cryobank, a large sperm bank based in Los Angeles. Marsh turns to a website called the Donor Sibling Registry and eventually discovers she has more than a dozen half-siblings with the same anonymous father.
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