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Apr 3, 2012 1:33 PM by AP

Catholic school teacher fired after becoming pregnant through artificial insemination

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati fires a Catholic school teacher after she became pregnant through artificial insemination. That teacher is now suing. The archdiocese says the single woman violated Catholic church doctrine by using artificial insemination. What do you think?

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CINCINNATI -A federal judge has given the go-ahead for trial in a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Cincinnati by a Catholic school teacher fired after she became pregnant through artificial insemination.

The Archdiocese fired Christa Dias in 2010, saying the single woman violated Roman Catholic Church doctrine by using artificial insemination. U.S. District Judge Arthur Spiegel says in his ruling last week that Dias was a non-Catholic computer teacher with no role in ministering or teaching Catholic doctrine.

An Archdiocese spokesman says parents who pay to send their children to Catholic school expect them to be taught in an environment reflecting Catholic moral teaching, and that employee contracts specify they will abide by church teachings.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Dias wants compensation for medical bills and other expenses.

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