Bishop Rhoades Says He was Unaware of Herx’s IVF Treatments

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A bishop with the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese says he had no knowledge that Emily Herx was in her third cycle of in vitro fertilization when she was let go from her job.

The former schoolteacher went to court after being fired from her job due to IVF, a process that's banned under Catholic doctrine.

During Bishop Rhoades's testimony, the Journal Gazette reports he told the judge he was unaware the IVF process is also covered by the diocesan health insurance plan.

Rhoades said he was also unaware that the principal of Herx's school knew about the treatments. Principal Sandra Guffey was aware Herx was undergoing IVF treatments for over a year, despite the process being excluded from Catholic doctrine. 

The Journal Gazette reports Herx's attorney presented emails between Guffey and Herx, where they talked about Herx's IVF treatments. When shown those emails, the bishop appeared shocked. Rhoades also said his feelings may have changed on the status of Herx's employment if he had saw those emails prior to her termination.