Thursday, February 14, 2008


WABASHA, Minn. (AP) - An unmarried fifth-grade teacher at a Catholic school in Wabasha is out of a job because she got pregnant.

Twenty-three year-old Emily Prigge of Lake City told her principal about her pregnancy last month. Prigge says the principal and a priest asked her to resign last week, and she did. Her pregnancy is about 15 weeks along.

Read the article.

According to the article she was asked to resign because her pregnancy was evidence of sex outside of marriage--a Catholic no-no.

On the other hand, if she had quietly had an abortion and no one found out, she could have kept her job.

The school's commendable pro-morality stand at the same time fails to be pro-life. The teacher in a crisis pregnancy is further harmed by the loss of her job in a Catholic institution.

The only way this school can come off looking moral in this situation is if they find a way to uphold the high standard of morality while also supporting the teacher in her crisis pregnancy. Anything less will be seen as opposing the pro-life position.

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