Tuesday 15 October 2019

Teacher fired for using artificial insemination

Lisa Cornwall Cincinnati

A US teacher fired from Catholic schools after becoming pregnant through artificial insemination has told jurors she didn't know that the procedure violated church doctrine.

Christa Dias sued the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the schools over her 2010 dismissal, contending they fired her because she was pregnant and unmarried.

The archdiocese's attorney, Steve Goodin, previously denied discrimination and told jurors Ms Dias was fired for violating a contract that required her to abide by Catholic doctrine.

The archdiocese has said artificial insemination violates that doctrine and is immoral.

Ms Dias said she is a Christian but not Catholic and was told that didn't matter when she was hired. She said she thought the contract clause requiring compliance with church philosophies meant she should try "to be a Christian woman and follow the Bible".

Her lawsuit alleges church policy is not enforced equally against men and women. A man formerly employed in youth ministry within the archdiocese testified that some church officials were aware he and his wife used artificial insemination and that he was not fired.

Ms Dias is seeking unspecified damages.

Irish Independent

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