Actor Jason Patric's paternity-rights case on hold

  • Actor Jason Patric, left, urged lawmakers to approve a bill that would allow him another chance to seek paternity rights for his 3-year-old son, while appearing before the Assembly Judiciary Committee in Sacramento, Calif. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. If approved by the Legislature, the measure, SB115 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, right, would allow sperm donors to petition for rights if they can show a certain level of involvement in the child's life. Patric and ex-girlfriend Danielle Schreiber conceived a son through artificial insemination, but Patric's access to the boy was cut off after the couple had a falling out, and a judge ruled that he had no parental rights because he was considered only a sperm donor under a 2011 law. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO — A bill sparked by a custody dispute involving "The Lost Boys" actor Jason Patric that would allow certain sperm donors to seek paternity rights in court is on hold after failing to clear a legislative panel Tuesday.

Patric testified before state lawmakers about his court battle to gain custody of his now 3-year-old son, Gus. A judge deemed him a sperm donor — rather than a parent — during a custody dispute over the boy.

He and his ex-girlfriend, Danielle Schreiber, conceived the child through artificial insemination. Patric and Schreiber, who never married, disagree on the role Patric was to play in the child's life.

Patric says he hasn't seen the child in months and asked lawmakers to think about "a child sitting daily and wondering what happened."

As a result of that case and others brought to his attention, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, put forward legislation that would allow a man whose sperm was used to conceive a child through artificial insemination to seek parental rights if he can show a certain level of involvement in the child's life.

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