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Diocese Wants Suit over IVF Firing Tossed

Chicago Sun-times,  May 15, 2012

An Indiana diocese asked a federal court on Monday to reject a lawsuit by a former parochial school teacher who claims she was fired for violating Roman Catholic doctrine by using in vitro fertilization to try to get pregnant. The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and St. Vincent de Paul school in Fort Wayne argued in court documents that Emily Herx’s lawsuit should be barred by a federal law that prevents religious workers from suing their employers for job discrimination. That so-called “ministerial exception” law was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in January.

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