Emily Herx (l), who worked as an English teacher in Fort Wayne, Ind., told CNN she filed a federal lawsuit, saying she was discriminated against when she fired over her in-vitro fertilization treatments. (CNN SCREENSHOT)
A former Catholic school teacher in Indiana is suing the diocese after she was fired for undergoing in-vitro fertilization treatments.
The treatments are not condoned by the church.
Emily Herx, who worked as an English teacher in Fort Wayne, Ind., told CNN she filed a federal lawsuit, saying she was discriminated against.
Herx said the school's priest called her a "grave, immoral sinner." She was also told she should have kept quiet about her fertility treatments in March 2010. She requested time off after her second treatment in 2011, and that's when she was called into a meeting.
Herx said 11 days later, she was told her contract would not be renewed because of "improprieties related to church teachings or law."
The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend issued a statement, saying priests need to be "instruments of Christ's love and mercy," including "at times of correction."
"Priests are required to clearly affirm the truths of our faith, and to speak honestly about what these truths mean for our lives and what we owe to others. It is also clear that priests must convey these truths in a respectful and loving manner consistent with the intrinsic, inestimable worth of every human person," the statement said.