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May 08, 2012

The War Against Nuns?

The War Against Nuns?

Don’t believe the media spin. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Yesterday, I talked about Emily Herx, a Catholic school teacher fired when she tried to get pregnant via the process of in — vitro fertilization. According to news reports, this woman was a brave victim of a diocese who wants to deprive her of her reproductive rights. It’s the same “war against women” language we hear about the the Vatican’s rebuke of a certain group of American nuns.

But it completely misses the point. Herx signed an employment contract that asked her to embrace — as a representative of the church— the teaching of the church. Catholic nuns, even American ones, are subject to the church’s teaching on sexuality and procreation. That’s the thing about religions — they teach about things like human nature and sexual behavior.

The Catholic reason to consider in-vitro unethical many Protestant Christians haven’t considered:  IVF often creates and ends the lives of embryos so a couple can have one. This ends justifies the means approach violates pro-life principles in the name of reproduction. For, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Teacher Fired After Receiving Fertility Treatments
Russell Goldman | ABC News | April 25, 2012

A Surplus of Embryos
Daniel Schorn | 60 Minutes | February 11, 2009

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