Either we’re pro-life or we’re not pro-life, and firing an unwed pregnant Catholic school teacher is not pro-life no matter how you slice it. I don’t care what her contract said. I don’t buy the notion that children will be scandalized. None of it washes. Let’s face facts. We are all sinners. Some of us, unfortunately, sin in ways that are much more public than others, and so we are called out while everyone else slides by with their private sins rolling merrily along.
Let’s look at one single aspect of this case: Okay, a single woman becomes pregnant, tells her superiors at her Catholic school that she plans to keep her baby, and is subsequently fired by “higher ups” in the Diocese of Helena after officials receive an anonymous letter, according to news reports. What do you think happens the next time a single Catholic school teacher finds herself pregnant with no husband? Yeah, abortion might be the obvious choice if she thinks she might lose her job otherwise. So much for that pro-life thing.
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Every time this topic comes up, I find some of the most frustrating comments and perspectives coming from certain types of Catholic laymen, who think that unwed pregnancy is always solely the woman's fault and that she (and her child) should have to pay any price, including homelessness and lifelong poverty, for her grave sin of fornication--and meanwhile, it's just "biology" that her male partner in grave sin is totally off the hook after a good confession which does not have to include any promise on his part to help pay for the child's care or anything (because she can't even prove the kid is his until after the baby is born, and only then if she pays for a paternity test, so why should he worry when for all he knows she's a lying wanton who has been with dozens of men during their dating relationship?). But, of course, these same men are quite vocally pro-life (though some of them have claimed at times that women's suffrage inevitably led to the legalization of abortion, and that if we want a truly just, pro-life society where no man is ever tricked by some evil temptress into impregnating her out of wedlock all we have to do is end women's voting rights--a pretty bizarre reach, if you ask me).
Mary DeTurris Poust isn't buying that kind of thing at all. If we're really pro-life, she says, we'll stop firing unwed pregnant women for the sin of being unwed and pregnant. I couldn't agree more.