The California legislature is considering a bill to amend who is considered a Father. Current law provides that a sperm donor is “treated in law as if he were not the natural father of a child thereby conceived.” SB 115, however, would allow a sperm donor to request parental rights and be considered a Father if “receives the child into his home and openly holds out the child as his natural child.”
You can read SB 115 here.
Press coverage on this bill can be found here.
Whether or not the bill passes, sperm donors and women attempting to get pregnant via sperm donation should be clear and put in writing their expectations regarding the role they each expect to play in the child’s life.