In Vitro Firing Suit Advanced in Indiana
A Catholic diocese must fight sex-discrimination claims related to its firing of a teacher who underwent in vitro fertilization, the 7th Circuit ruled.
Emily Herx taught language arts at the St. Vincent de Paul School in Fort Wayne, Ind., from 2003 to 2011.
After she was diagnosed with a medical condition that causes infertility in 2008, Herx began fertility treatments that proved unsuccessful.
She then underwent in vitro fertilization in 2010, and the school principal gave her time off for the procedure.
Just as she was about to undergo a second round of in vitro fertilization the next year, however, Monsignor John Kuzmich met with Herx and informed her that Catholic teaching prohibits the practice.
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