By Jack Linshi
April 30, 2015

Nick Loeb, the ex-fiancé of actress Sofia Vergara, has defended his legal battle to gain control of the couples’ frozen embryos.

“Shouldn’t a man who is willing to take on all parental responsibilities be similarly entitled to bring his embryos to term even if the woman objects?” Loeb wrote in a New York Times op-ed, in opposition to Vergara’s desire to keep the embryos frozen indefinitely.

“In my view, keeping them frozen forever is tantamount to killing them,” he wrote.

Vergara, who is now married to actor Joe Manganiello, had expressed earlier this month that she is “content to leave the embryos frozen indefinitely as she has no desire to have children with her ex, which should be understandable given the circumstances,” according to a statement from her attorney.

Loeb’s suit seeks to void a California law that requires both parties’ consent in order to carry the frozen embryos to term because the law does not specify what would happen if the parties were to separate, according to Loeb.

“Many have asked me: Why not just move on and have a family of your own? I have every intention of doing so,” Loeb wrote. “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.”

Read the rest of Loeb’s op-end at the Times

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