It what can be described as a heartfelt piece that really pokes you in the gut, Nick Loeb—the tall, good-looking former fiancé of actress Sofía Vergara—dives right into some feelings as he talks about the two frozen female embryos that he created with his sperm and the eggs of his famous ex-flame.
Loeb wants custody of the embryos and is suing to get it, but Vergara isn't prepared to give them to him—even though he "would take on full parenting responsibilities," as he wrote in in a New York Times op-ed piece, headlined "Our Frozen Embryos Have a Right to Live."
"Last August, I filed a complaint ... using pseudonyms, to protect two frozen embryos I created with my former fiancée," Loeb writes. "I wanted to keep this private, but recently the story broke to the world. It has gotten attention not only because of the people involved—my ex is Sofía Vergara, who stars in the ABC series 'Modern Family'—but also because embryonic custody disputes raise important questions about life, religion and parenthood."
It's that last line about life, religion and parenthood that really open up Loeb's conundrum for wider discussion. Vergara's lawyers claim she wants the embryos not destroyed, but kept frozen indefinitely.
"In my view, keeping them frozen forever is tantamount to killing them," Loeb writes.
That belief is why Loeb is fighting so hard to find a way to give the embryos a chance to grow.
"Many have asked me: Why not just move on and have a family of your own? I have every intention of doing so. But that doesn't mean I should let the two lives I have already created be destroyed or sit in a freezer until the end of time."
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