Father Says Twins Came From Stolen Sperm
We can’t get enough Texan fatherhood news today, so here something you don’t read about every day: Joe Pressil, a 36 year old Houston resident, says that his ex-girlfriend stole his sperm and used it to produce a set of twin babies three months after they had broken up. Pressil is suing the fertility clinic that is involved in making him a father.
Pressil hadn’t wanted to make a family, and the then-girlfriend had claimed she could not get pregnant as a result of a fibroid condition. She also required Pressil to use a specific type of condoms. After sex, Pressil says his girlfriend would leave the room with the condom, return, then ask him to discard it. Pressil now says that it seems suspicious.
Pressil says that he had signed his then-girlfriend onto his health insurance as a domestic partner because of the fibroid condition. He assumed she was receiving treatment for it, but later, found a receipt in the mail listing him as a patient at the Advanced Fertility Center and Omni-Med Laboratories. Numerous procedures, it turned out, including the in vitro fertilization were billed on Pressil’s insurance.
Representatives from the clinic claim that there is bloodwork on file for Pressil, as well as consent and information forms. The clinic representatives also admit that some men don’t like to visit clinics, and “samples” of sperm are sometimes brought in. Clinic reps also can’t confirm that Pressil was actually at the clinic in-person, so they are not sure as to whether the forms submitted were genuine, or written by the girlfriend.
The ex-girlfriend’s attorney says that Pressil’s lawsuit is a scam brought about so that he wouldn’t have to pay child support.
Here are some not-so-fun-facts that can effect Pressil’s life after this case: Texas is one of the few states to use wage garnishments as a form of collecting child support. Also, in addition to child support, the parent without the child (Pressil) is required to provide medical insurance coverage for children above and beyond child support payments/garnishments. Courts can also order prenatal bills be paid by the father (I mean, those that Pressil hadn’t already unknowingly covered). Finally, let’s not forget retroactive child support.
While we’d love to presume that Pressil is an innocent victim, there’s just too much heresay in this story to form an opinion. We’ll let the courts decide. That always seems to work out fairly! *cough*