Catholic School Teachers Claims She was Fired over Fertility Treatments

Emily Herx claims that she was fired over from the Catholic school where she had been teaching for seven years because of Catholic doctrine forbidding in vitro fertilization. The 32-year-old mother is now suing the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and St Vincent de Payl School for discrimination. She says her dismissal came completely out of the blue and that for two years her supervisor had known about it and said she was praying for her and her husband.
So was this supervisor praying for Emily because she felt like what they were doing was wrong? states that a procedure that assists marital intercourse in reaching its procreative potential is moral and any procedure which substitutes or suppresses a need for marital intercourse is immoral.
It also states that obtaining a semen sample by means of masturbation, artificial insemination using sperm from a donor (AID) or even the husband (AIH) if obtained by masturbation and in-vitro fertilization (IVF), zygote intra-fallopian transfer (ZIFT), and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), ovum donation, "surrogate" uterus are in disagreement with Catholic teachings.
Now, the school denies that there was any discrimination. They claim to have clear policies requiring that teacher in its schools must, as a condition of employment, have a knowledge and respect for the Catholic faith and abide by the tenets of the Catholic Church.
So Swanky Moms, what do you think? 

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Katie said...

Wow. that is crazy. I think it can get more messy since it is a private school. As someone who is going through the fertility process, I do think there are a lot of details that people don't know, as I didn't know much before I started, which I think then lets people make judgements before they know all the facts. It is also a very personal decisions and is something that not everyone may feel comfortable doing; however, I don't think that she should be judged or fired for doing it. I will definitely read more about this story - very interesting!

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