A Long Island man is suing a Texas fertility clinic because he claims his ex-girlfriend underwent IVF treatments without his consent and gave birth to twins.
Joe Pressil, a 36-year-old telecommunications manager, is suing the Advanced Fertility Center of Texas claiming his ex-girlfriend of six months stole his sperm in an attempt to stick him for his paper.
According to Pressil, he had no idea his ex-girlfriend was undergoing IVF treatments until he received a receipt in the mail from the clinic listing him as the patient.
“I couldn’t believe that this fertility clinic could actually do this without my consent, or without my even being there,” he said. “That’s a violation of myself, to what I believe in, to my religion, and just to my manhood.”
So how did Pressil’s girlfriend manage to steal his sperm and get artificially inseminated? According to Pressil, she nabbed their used condoms and took them to the clinic.
“I did notice a little bit because she would take the condom and ask me to discard it. And usually, a male would discard their own property, but she would always take the condom and she would run off out of the room and I just didn’t think anything of it. And I didn’t think that anyone could use a condom and bring it to a clinic to get an in vitro,” he said.
Predictably, both the clinic and Pressil’s ex-girlfriend are disputing his claims. According to the clinic’s policy, a blood sample, consent form, and informational documents must be collected and signed from the sperm donor prior to fertility treatments, and the clinic says it has all of the required information from Pressil on file.
Further investigation also showed that the Pressil allowed his ex-girlfriend to be added to his health insurance, and that fertility treatments were billed to both his insurance and his credit card, but Pressil claims he thought the charges were for routine doctor’s visits.
Derek Deyon, a lawyer for Pressil’s ex-girlfriend, also disputes Pressil’s claims and says that the disgruntled dad was trying to have children with his ex.
“He injected her with hormone shots,” Deyon told the New York Post. “How could he not know? They were in a relationship and were trying to get pregnant the old-fashioned way, and they couldn’t.”
Interestingly enough, Pressil is suing the clinic and not his ex-girlfriend for damages. And according to her lawyer, his lawsuit is just a ploy to get out of paying $800 a month in child support.
While it’s not clear if there was any wrongdoing afoot, lawsuits like these further the idea that women can’t be trusted, especially when they become pregnant. Back in the day, some men accused women of “trapping” them by getting pregnant (as if he wasn’t present), now others will be claim they’re “not the father” because some chick stole their sperm.
I can hear it now…hide yo’ condoms, hide yo’ sperm…cuz they getting everybody pregnant out here!
What do you think? Do you think Pressil is telling the truth?