Sofia Vergara’s Ex Sues Her for the Right to Her Frozen Embryos

According to an article from Attn, actress Sophia Vergara has been in a legal battle with her ex Nick Loeb over her frozen embryos since fall 2014, when he sued her for wanting to keep them “frozen indefinitely.” Although the court ruled in Vergara’s favor, Loeb has brought up another lawsuit in regards to the matter, saying that “the embryos will not receive the trust fund that he has granted for them if they are not brought to term.”

The article states how this issue is “disturbing” and “all too real,” which we know is true from what we have learned in class during our unit on reproductive rights. Loeb’s claims that he is being “denied the right to fatherhood,” which only works to further the oppression of women in regards to their reproductive rights. Furthermore, this oppression is complicated by the fact Vergara is a women of color. According to the article, “Vergara told Howard Stern in May 2015 that she doesn’t want to ‘bring kids to the world where it’s already set against them.'” Vergara’s logic is similar to the logic of the women of color we have read about in class. These women were afraid of having their children be subjected to the systems of oppression that would target them because of their race and class.

I was wondering if anyone else has been following this story (I just found out about it by scrolling through my Facebook feed). If so, what are your thoughts on the issue, especially in regards to the fact that Vergara is famous and that this issue is happening in the circle of modern pop-culture media?

4 thoughts on “Sofia Vergara’s Ex Sues Her for the Right to Her Frozen Embryos”

  1. I vaguely remember reading something about this, but I had now knowledge of how disturbing this situation truly is. Vergara’s situation definitely parallels those of the women of color in our unit on reproductive rights, who fought for and claimed ownership of their bodies. To answer your question, I think that Vergara’s position as a famous woman of color may serve as a means of spreading a message to the mainstream media. Her refusal to give up what she claims as her own is striking and note-worthy; I think that because she’s in the public eye, it can serve as a means of spreading a very potent and important message. But, we’ll see how exactly her situation and the history it reflects is translated by the mainstream media.

  2. I’ve been following this story for a few years now and quite frankly, I’m shocked that Nick is still pursuing this case even though Sofia has explicitly stated multiple times that she doesn’t want to bring HER embryos to term. The entitlement in this man’s argument is astounding.

    To answer the question you posed in your blog post, I feel that her fame makes this situation even worse. Conversations related to having children tend to be very private and intimate, but Sofia is being deprived of this by Nick and the media. She hadn’t addressed this in public up until the lawsuit was filed by Nick, which leads me to believe Sofia didn’t really want this information out there. However, given that the information is already out there, I feel that Sofia has done a fabulous job of highlighting how difficult it is to bring a child of color into the world. Even though I feel that the online publication of the lawsuit is an invasion of her privacy, I’m hoping that those who keep up with her story listen to what Sofia is saying and take some time to learn more about the history of birth control in the US in relation to women of color.

  3. WOW. I had no idea about this! I can’t even…yes to everyone’s brilliant comments on Vergara’s right to reproductive autonomy.

  4. This is the first that I am hearing of this legal battle between Sofia Vergara and Nick Loeb. I am continuously shocked by how women’s bodies are thought to be public property. This is also a broader struggle throughout Vergara’s career. There was two episodes on the Ellen Degeneres show that I remember in which Ellen pretended to be a Latina. On one show it was a halloween costume in which is wore a dress that had fake breasts and buttocks and talked in a fake accent. I am happy to see that Vergara is able to take stronger stands to defend herself, but I am also sorry to say it is probably because she was acquired more fame recently. I can’t imagine the things she had to go through as a woman of color that do not make headlines.

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