Emily Herx, teacher of literature and language at a Catholic school in Indiana, has filed a lawsuit arising from the school's termination of her contract because she and her husband are using IVF in an attempt to conceive a second child. Herx claims that the Catholic school’s monsignor refused to renew her contract and that he referred to her as a "grave immoral sinner."
Her lawsuit claims that the catholic school 's monsignor refused to renew her contract because of her use of in vitro fertilization. Herx said that the monsignorcalled the treatment an "intrinsic evil," which means no circumstances can justify it. After the birth of her first child, Herx had become medically infertile.
The Catholic school said it has clear policies requiring that teachers in its schools must as a condition of employment have a knowledge of and respect for the catholic faith and abide by the tenets of the catholic church.
Herx is seeking not just reinstatement, but also damages for mental distress. It is really unfortunate that Herx's church is not as supportive of this couple as that attended by Sean and Carolyn Savage. When Carolyn used IVF to become pregnant and fulfill the couple's dreams of having a large family, a medical mistake resulted in another couple's embryos being implanted. Carolyn rejected her doctor's insistance upon an abortion and carried the baby to term. Less than an hour after his birth, the child was delivered into the hands of his biological father. The Savages' book Inconceivable: A Medical Mistake . . . and Parents' Love was reviewed on this blog here.
The MSNBC report on the Herx family can be viewed below.