AceShowbiz - Nick Loeb continues the battle against her ex-fiancee Sofia Vergara over frozen embryos. The businessman wrote an op-ed published on The New York Times on Wednesday, April 29 detailing the reason why he decided to file the complaint.
"I wanted to keep this private, but recently the story broke to the world," Loeb wrote in the op-ed under the title "Our Frozen Embryo Has Right to Live". "It has gotten attention not only because of the people involved... but also because embryonic custody disputes raise important questions about life, religion and parenthood."
Loeb and Vergara got engaged in July 2012 after two years of dating. Before they ended the engagement in 2014, the former couple agreed to conceive a child via surrogacy in 2013. After they failed to bring fertilized embryos to term, two embryos were created using Vergara's egg and Loeb's sperm. After they separated, things changed as Vergara wanted to have the embryos destroyed while Loeb insisted to bring the embryos to life via surrogate.
"When we create embryos for the purpose of life, should we not define them as life, rather than as property?" Loeb argued in the editorial. "Does one person's desire to avoid biological parenthood (free of any legal obligations) outweigh another's religious beliefs in the sanctity of life and desire to be a parent?"
According to the writing, Loeb claimed that he had asked for Vergara's permission to bring the embryos to term. He also offered to financially support all the legal and parental responsibilities. "I asked her to let me have the embryos, offering to pay for all expenses to carry our girls to term and raise them," so he wrote. "If she did not wish to share custody, I would take on full parenting responsibilities and agree to have her declared an egg donor. She has refused."
Regarding the claim that Vegara wanted to destroy the embryos, her lawyer Fred Silberberg spoke out to deny the report. "Vergara has never suggested that she wished to have the embryos destroyed," the lawyer said previously. "She has always maintained that they be kept frozen, a fact of which Loeb and his counsel have always been aware, despite Loeb's statements to the contrary."