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Jury selected to hear NE Indiana's teacher in vitro dismissal lawsuit against Catholic diocese

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INDIANAPOLIS — A jury has been selected to hear a schoolteacher's lawsuit over her claim she was dismissed by a northern Indiana Roman Catholic diocese because she tried to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization.

WANE and The Journal Gazette report attorneys spent about two hours Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne selecting 12 jurors to hear Emily Herx's lawsuit against the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese.

Herx, of Hoagland, claims she was dismissed from Fort Wayne St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School because she tried to become pregnant through in vitro fertilization, a process involving mixing egg and sperm in a laboratory dish. The process is banned under Catholic doctrine.

The trial is expected to last the rest of the week.

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