California bill seeks more rights for some sperm donors

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A bill making its way through the capitol seeks to give sperm donors more rights in child custody cases.

State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is sponsoring SB 115, an act to amend Section 7630 of the Family Code relating to parent and child relationships.

In most cases, the sperm donor signs a waiver, giving away rights and responsibilities to a child. Hill's bill would make exceptions for sperm donors who, on the contrary, have openly acknowledged the child in their own homes. The bill would not allow the mother to take the child away in certain circumstances.

"Times have changed. We're seeing the traditional of husband and wife is not the same. We have single individuals who are not married wanting to have a child. We have same-sex couples wanting to have a child, and I think we should create a circumstance and a situation where they can be the loving parents that they want to be without having the challenge and the difficulty of the law getting the way in at a later point in time," Hill told Capitol Television News Service.

The bill has passed the Senate in April and is currently at the committee level in the Assembly.