The high-profile case may have long-term impact far beyond the salacious headlines: Patric has become the poster child for a proposed new law that would expand the rights of California sperm donors to have a parental relationship with their offspring under certain conditions. In , Patric, now 47, donated sperm to massage therapist Danielle Schreiber, a former girlfriend, for fertility treatment that resulted in her pregnancy. At that time, Schreiber told The Los Angeles Times , Patric asked that his role as sperm donor not be publicized and stated that he did not want to be a father to the child. They have since separated. Patric has sued for partial custody, which the mother contested. She won in court, and Patric has appealed the decision.
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An influential group of peers yesterday called for a law change to force parents to reveal donor conceptions. Under the proposals, a special mark next to a child's name would reveal whether he or she was conceived naturally or with the help of a donor. The plans were first floated in July by a powerful committee of MPs and peers. However, they were shelved when the Government published its draft fertility bill in the autumn.
Robert Masson had no idea all this was ahead as he pulled up in front of the infants' school in Newcastle, NSW on that summer's day. He loved this twice-weekly moment when he would see seven-year-old Amelia and six-year-old Jane run excitedly across the playground towards him. And he loved this school: the elegant brown brick Edwardian buildings, the noisy classrooms, the collegiate teaching staff. Robert was treasurer of the school's Parents and Citizens Association, volunteered in the canteen and for reading groups, and used his experience from the business world to organise fundraising school fetes and trivia nights. He was often the girls' taxi service to sporting events and ballet.