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Is your sperm safe in storage?

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There was plenty of water cooler talk this week about the Louisiana man whose ex-girlfriend somehow talked a Houston sperm bank into handing over her ex-boyfriend's samples.

The resulting pregnancy and childbirth has sparked a lawsuit against the sperm bank and the woman who took what wasn't hers to take.

Fox 26 visited a top reproductive clinic in the medical center to learn how those who make a deposit there are assured no one without permission can make a withdrawal.

"There are very strict checks and balances," said Delores Lamb, Director of Reproductive Medicine at the Baylor College Medicine.

Lamb did nor comment directly on the lawsuit against Texas Andrology Services, but did share her clinic's security protocols.

"I think its important to remember that the sperm belongs to the man and it always the man's wishes as to how that sperm is used and so frequently we are challenged for example when a spouse comes to pick up a semen sample. We have to have a form completed that's notarized by the patient. We have to have great deal of information from him before we would release the sample to anyone but the man," said Lamb.

Lamb says BCM currently stores more than 60,000 samples in liquid nitrogen that's 200 degrees below zero Celsius.

"We do a very strict identity check to make sure we have the patient that we think we have," said Lamb.

Attorneys for Layne Hardin, the Louisiana man whose sperm was taken without authorization say neither the ex-girlfriend or Texas Andrology Services have been willing to settle the case.

A trial is scheduled to begin April 22 in Houston.

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