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Ohio teacher wins suit against archdiocese after being dismissed for in vitro pregnancy

Catholic World News - June 03, 2013

An Ohio jury has found that the Cincinnati archdiocese illegally discriminated against a woman who was dismissed from her post as a Catholic-school teacher after she conceived a child using in vitro fertilization.

Christa Dias brought a federal suit against the archdiocese after she was dismissed in 2010, saying that discrimination based on pregnancy is illegal. The archdiocese, in its defense, countered that Dias had violated her contract, which required respect for Catholic teachings, both by using in vitro fertilization and by becoming pregnant while unmarried. The jury ruled in the plaintiff’s favor.

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  • Posted by: chasann113163 - Jun. 04, 2013 12:51 PM ET USA

    I guess we need to be more careful, not only of the people we hire to teach in our colleges but also in our lower school grades. This is sad.

  • Posted by: tmsharel5764 - Jun. 04, 2013 11:30 AM ET USA

    So many decades of failure to preach and teach the moral law only leads to public disregard of Catholic teaching. There are lots of Catholic teachers who should be fired. If they were teaching the truth, we would not have two generations of religious illiterates.

  • Posted by: Baseballbuddy - Jun. 04, 2013 10:36 AM ET USA

    I am not sure why the Church responded to this suit. This is an internal matter and it will be shown that the State overstepped its boundaries here if it is (hopefully) taken to the Supreme Court.

  • Posted by: rhmazyck8126664 - Jun. 04, 2013 10:33 AM ET USA

    It seems the problem wasn't that she was pregnant, but rather HOW she got pregnant.

  • Posted by: unum - Jun. 04, 2013 8:03 AM ET USA

    Another freedom of religion case is headed to the Supreme Court because constitutional rights are again ignored by America's civil courts.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jun. 04, 2013 6:40 AM ET USA

    All right, but if she can't be legally fired, she most certainly can be excommunicated as a pernicious public sinner. The faithful deserve to be warned that the lady is anything but Catholic, thus allowing parents to demand their children be withdrawn from her classroom because she is a danger to their faith. If enough did that, why, the lady's position just might "dry up" and she could be laid off in a reduction of force. There is always more than one way to skin a cat, as the old saying goes.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jun. 03, 2013 7:07 PM ET USA

    So much for signed contracts...

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