Woman Fired From Catholic School For In Vitro Fertilization

Emily Herx was called a “grave, immoral sinner” for not respecting “the sanctity of embryonic life”.

From The Huffington Post.

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  • Felix

    The pastor called a meeting with “the woman, her husband and her father” … her father!

  • plutosdad

    Since Hosana-Tabor was allowed to fire a disabled teacher for absolutely no reason, violating the ADA, and the courts said they could since any teacher is in a “leadership” position (not even pretending she was going against any church doctrine) I don’t think she has any chance.
    Churches can do whatever they want to anyone.

  • Lil

    Regardless of whether anyone thinks what she did was right or wrong, or whether you like Catholics or not, what she did wasn’t in line with what her employer would consider acceptable behavior for staff. Any business would do the same thing if they felt an employee had seriously violated company policy or ethics. I can’t believe she didn’t think of that before she had the IVF. I’m not blaming her for doing it, I’m just suggesting that if you take out the IVF and the fact that it’s a Catholic school, it’s a pretty straightforward response by an employer. She violated school beliefs in a pretty big way and they can’t be seen to seem to agree with it by letting her stay.

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      It’s her personal family planning. It does not interfere with her tasks as a teacher. The idea that employers can have policies dictating people’s personal lives where they do not affect their professional responsibilities is authoritarian in the extreme.

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      I mean, holy crap. Where are your priorities when you think a woman should be forced to choose between having a child and keeping her job? You really think the right to pursue getting pregnant is less important than an employer’s rights to impose their baseless moral judgments on their employees’ private lives??

    • John Morales


      You really think the right to pursue getting pregnant is less important than an employer’s rights to impose their baseless moral judgments on their employees’ private lives??

      I think you’ve missed a negation, there.

      (I could care less)

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      No negation missing. The issue in this case is not contraception (though that right should trump employers’ rights to dictate the lives of their employees too) but the right to have children (which should be equally inviolable).