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Saturday
Apr122014

"Girls Gone Wild" Creator: Why I 'Chose to Have Girls' Through IVF

Jeff Bottari/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis and his girlfriend Abbey Wilson are expecting twin girls -- and that's just how they planned it.

The video producer, 40, and the soon-to-be-mother of his children knew what they wanted, so the old-fashioned way wasn't going to work.

Instead, the couple chose in vitro fertilization and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis -- using this process in order to eliminate genetic diseases and have two female fraternal twins.

"The technology has only been around for a year and a half," Francis told ABC News. "You can screen out over 1,700 genetic diseases. You can even take out the probability of breast cancer, all these things, before they are even implanted."

Francis said that he and Wilson chose girls because that's what they know from growing up.

"Abbey comes from a family of girls, no brothers, and I have three sisters and no brothers," he said. "We both wanted girls. We talked about it for a while. We both feel like we only know girls. We just grew up with it."

The Fertility Institutes told ABC News in 2012 how the process of gender selection works and that a couple can select a baby's gender with 99.9 percent accuracy. The gender-selection procedure runs upwards of $20,000.

Francis said the process has been eased by all the advice from his friends who already have children including the Kardashians.

"Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick, and Mario and Courtney Lopez, the advice has been phenomenal. They are saving Abbey and I the entire learning curve," he said. "Everything, from how to breast feed to how to do this. Mario and Courtney took us baby shopping."

When asked if having girls changes his outlook on Girls Gone Wild or past business endeavors, Francis was candid and said such a shift hasn't yet happened because he's daughters have yet to be born.

"I haven’t had them yet," he said. "But from what everybody tells me a switch goes off [when they are born]."

US Weekly
was the first to break the pregnancy news.

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