One of television’s biggest earners has been slapped with a lawsuit that is downright strange: Sofia Vergara will battle it out with ex-fiancé Nick Loeb to determine who will make decisions on behalf of two frozen embryos that the couple created during their relationship.
Although Vergara and Loeb have been embroiled in a legal scuffle regarding the embryos for over a year, the case took a surprising turn this week when Loeb decided to bring the lawsuit to Louisiana, where embryos have the same rights as people.
The embryos – listed as plaintiffs “Emma” and “Isabella” in the court papers – were born via in-vitro fertilization and are currently being stored at a California fertility clinic. Vergara has chosen to keep the embryos frozen for the time being, while Loeb wants to bring them to term.
Loeb’s suit argues that not letting Emma and Isabella be born is tantamount to depriving them of their inheritance. He also penned a New York Times op-ed to question the fairness of a system where a woman can choose to bring a pregnancy to term despite the man’s objection, yet he cannot bring his embryos to term.
Vergara, on the other hand, believes that children need two loving parents in order to thrive, and she does not want to bring the embryos to term until she can provide a stable household.