It sounds like a complicated Hollywood plot, but Sofia Vergara is actually being sued by ex-fiancé Nick Loeb on behalf of two of her frozen embryos. The right-to-life lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in the state of Louisiana, where Loeb attended college. Loeb's initial lawsuit against Vergara for custody of her embryos in California was thrown out after the judge ruled in the 44-year-old Modern Family star's favor.
Back when Loeb and Vergara were an item in 2013, the couple decided to create and freeze multiple embryos, presumably so they could become parents somewhere down the line. Eventually, Vergara and Loeb split up (Vergara is now married to Joe Manganiello), but Loeb still wants to be a father. Specifically, he wants to be a father to Vergara's children. According to Refinery 29, Loeb has even gone so far as to refer to the embryos by name, Emma and Isabella, in court documents and set up trust funds for the embryos.
According to Page Six, the exes are now battling it out in court over this right-to-life lawsuit— Vergara pushing for the embryos to be destroyed and Loeb fighting for the embryos to be implanted into a surrogate. If Loeb wins the case, Vergara would be free from any parental or financial obligations, and be called an "egg donor" exclusively. However, Vergara would still be "Emma and Isabella's" biological mother against her will, which isn't exactly the ideal "modern family."
This case could be a potential huge win for the pro-life movement. Loeb is arguing in court that, as a Catholic, Vergara had said she believed the embryos should never be destroyed and is now breaking their oral agreement. Loeb also believes that if the embryos were destroyed, he and Vergara would go to hell.
However, during their initial trial through the California court system, Vergara argued that Loeb had the chance to be a father in a past and rejected it when two of his ex-girlfriends had gotten abortions in the last 20 years. Vergara demanded the women be named and interrogated by her legal team, and when Loeb refused, the case was thrown out. He told Page Six, "I would rather go to jail than reveal the names."
Clearly, this whole damn thing is a mess and neither party is completely innocent. For the time being, the embryos are to be "frozen indefinitely."