I watched the Katie Show yesterday and I can honestly say I have never been more shocked. Jason Patric came on to openly talk about his fight with his former girlfriend,Danielle Schreiber, to keep a relationship with his 3.5 year old son, Gus. They made the decision together to have this child as he reports. How can a mother keep her child from the man who helped father her child. Sure it was through IVF because the good old fashion bump and grind didn’t work, but does that really make him less of a father? She had an intimate relationship with him before and after their son was born. Sh allowed him to be in their son’s life until all of a sudden yanking him away. I understand his wanting to shield his son from the press and kudos to him for doing everything to protect the little boy. He is a true father to do so.
She is using his choice to shield his son from paparazzi against him. I can’t help but keep asking “what kind of woman does this to her own son?” I guess I could understand if the father was unknown, a random sperm bank donor, abusive, mentally unstable, or had a substance abuse problem but not a man who has been there since day one, able to provide (financially, physically and emotionally) and wants to be in his son’s life. He has been in his son’s life since he was conceived and he has a bond with the child. Danielle may think what she is doing is right but even at this early age he can keep these events in his subconscious. He is ripping away his father, does she honestly think in these days and ages when he gets old enough that he won’t search his mother’s name on the internet and find all this information out on his own? Does she think that her son wont resent her for what she is doing now? She needs to consider the ramifications this will have on the child as he grows up. Maybe other kids will learn what happened before he does and tease him about it.
Ms. Schreiber didn’t even have the guts to face Mr. Patric on the Katie show. I understand that this is a private matter but at what point do you stop hiding behind a law that was written decades before IVF was common. She sent a cold-hearted statement to the show giving no real reason for her swift attitude change. What really happened in her mind only she and her shrink (if she does or ever sees one) but no one will ever know. What she is doing to Jason and their son is wrong in so many ways but it is also opening the door for new legislation to be put in place to protect the fathers who give their sperm to a loved one (wife, girlfriend, or friend) with the intention of being in the child’s life.