Religious School Fires Single Woman for Getting Artificially InseminatedMonica Bielanko
All she wanted was to be a mom. Yet, it cost one single mother her job.
As reported on Jezebel, a single woman who was fired by her Catholic school employer after announcing she was pregnant via artificial insemination.
At 31, with no male relationship on the horizon, 31-year-old Christa Dias, a teacher at The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, took matters into her own hands, deciding to pursue motherhood via artificial insemination.
At nearly six months along she asked the Archdiocese about maternity leave and was immediately fired. Apparently, The Archdiocese of Cincinnati requires all employees to sign contracts stating that they’ll abide by Catholic social teachings, including the assertion that being pregnant without a husband is a gravely immoral act.
The school originally said it fired her for being single and pregnant, but once told that’s not legal they decided to say they fired Dias for becoming pregnant via artificial insemination. A spokesperson for the archdiocese says that while Dias can do whatever she wants in her personal life that doesn’t mean she will still be employed by a Catholic institution that requires her to adhere to a moral code.
Dias is suing the archdiocese for pregnancy discrimination and breach of contract. The school claims that it’s not an issue of pregnancy, but an issue of the moral contract Dias signed after the school hired her. .
Ironically, the man doing all the screaming about moral conduct, the one who fired Dias, Rev. James Kiffermeyer, was himself suspended in 2002 after allegations that he engaged in sexual misconduct with two male high school students. He was reinstated in 2006. Because, you know, he probably repented and stuff.
Not only that, in 2003, the archdiocese pled no contest to charges they ignored sexual abuse of boys by clergy in the 1980’s and 90’s. And the two priests alleged to have engaged in the abuse were suspended, not fired.
Dias says she doesn’t regret her decision even though she still hasn’t found a new job. She does, however, plan on continuing her lawsuit.
Just a thought: wasn’t the “virgin” Mary artificially inseminated by God? I suppose The Archdiocese of Cincinnati would fire her pregnant ass too?