Teacher Believes She Was Fired After Receiving Fertility Treatments

April 25, 2012 Updated Apr 25, 2012 at 2:27 PM EDT


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Emily and Brian Herx

April 25, 2012 Updated Apr 25, 2012 at 2:27 PM EDT

According to Indiana's NewsCenter, a former Indiana teach is suing a Catholic diocese in the state, claiming she lost her job after school officials learned she was undergoing fertility treatments to become pregnant.

According to Granite Broadcasting sister station Indiana's NewsCenter:

Emily Herx, who was employed as a literature and language arts teacher at the school from 2003- 2011, requested time off from teaching in order to receive IVF treatment. The response she got from her request was from Msgr. John Kuzmich, the pastor of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

At that meeting, attended by Herx, her husband and father, Kuzmich called her a "grave, immoral sinner" and added that if news of her IVF treatments got out it would cause a "scandal" for the church, according to her civil complaint.

Kuzmich allegedly said the church disproved of fertility treatments because they require the creation of additional embryos that are ultimately destroyed, a violation of Catholic teachings regarding the sanctity of embryonic life.

According to her civil complaint, Herx explained that no embryos were destroyed during her treatment, but diocesan officials were not swayed.

Read the entire story at Indiana's NewsCenter HERE.