July 12, 2013 |
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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July 6, 2013 |
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.
May 21, 2013 |
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.
February 1, 2013 |
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.
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November 19, 2012 |
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.
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.