In vitro suit side argue over church doctrine

Contrails from jets glow pink as they are illuminated by the setting sun in the skies beyond St. Ann Catholic Church Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Walker, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Contrails from jets glow pink as they are illuminated by the setting sun in the skies beyond St. Ann Catholic Church Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Walker, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A woman who claims she was fired from her job at a Roman Catholic school in northern Indiana after she had in vitro fertilization tells a federal judge that testimony about church doctrine concerning the procedure is irrelevant.

Church attorneys insist in recent documents that doctrine is a key element in the case.

Emily Herx of Hoagland, Ind., says a pastor told her she was a sinner for having the procedure.

Herx says it was terrible to be forced to choose between trying to have children and keeping her teaching job.

She sued the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and the school over sex discrimination claims in 2012.

Church attorneys argue jurors should be allowed to decide what constitutes a sin and which sins are worse than others.

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