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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has given a Catholic diocese in northern Indiana permission to keep some records under seal as lawyers prepare for a possible trial over a former teacher’s claim that she was fired because she had in vitro fertilization.
Emily Herx’s lawsuit against the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend addresses the constitutional balance between reproductive rights and religious rights and could determine which one trumps the other.
Although both sides say the latest move is routine in cases involving employment, it seems to have particular significance in Herx’s case because the key to the dispute is whether religious requirements are a condition of her employment as a parish school teacher.
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