July 2, 2022

US man sues over girlfriend’s theft of sperm

An angry Houston man has accused his former girlfriend of stealing his semen and using it to create twins with the help of an IVF clinic without his consent. She then sued, successfully, for child support. He is suing the IVF clinic over the cost of child support and his mental anguish.

An angry Houston man has accused his former girlfriend of stealing his semen and using it to create twins with the help of an IVF clinic without his consent. She then sued, successfully, for child support. He is suing the IVF clinic over the cost of child support and his mental anguish.

Joe Pressil, 36, discovered the alleged deception when he was sent a receipt from a fertility clinic on which he was listed as a patient.

“That’s a violation of myself, to what I believe in, to my religion, and just to my manhood,” Pressil said. “It’s not what you’re thinking when you’re in a relationship,” said Jason Gibson, his attorney. “That’s not what most people are thinking, that their partner is going to get a special condom, use that condom as soon as you’re done having sex, run off to the fertility clinic to go have an IVF procedure. That’s certainly not what my client was thinking,” Gibson said.

The children were born in 2007, but Pressil says that he only became aware of the alleged theft in February. He complains that the IVF clinic is still keeping some of his sperm samples.

Although this case sounds bizarre and the facts are disputed, a similar story surfaced in the British media. Liz Jones, a confessional columnist for the Daily Mail, admitted that she had done something similar in a desperate effort to get pregnant when her partner insisted that he did not want children. “My own attempts at being a ‘sperm stealer’ failed. But there are plenty more like me who are willing to give it a try,” she said. ~ UPI, Nov 23;

Michael Cook
IVF