No it is not a question of awareness or regret on the part of the school but a decision made in response to feedback from the public that does not like the school's decision.
Barbara Webb (pictured on the left) taught biology and chemistry at the Marian High School run by nuns, the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
After six years of marriage, Webb and her wife Kristen Lasecki decided to have a child. Webb has naturally wished to make the necessary arrangements for maternity leave. Then she was fired.
The school has justified her dismissal by a "morality clause" in the the teacher contract that stipulates teachers of both sexes "will not publicly engage in actions, or endorse actions or beliefs contrary to the teachings and standards of the Roman Catholic faith and morality," as reports The Detroit News.
Of course, the sisters did not anticipate that the public would react very badly.
Mary Jane Herb, president of the Monroe-based Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in a letter to supporters. She has written that the issue was complex:
"Consequently, we need to have ongoing education and a new lens through which to view issues and situations that are emerging," Herb wrote in the letter.
There is no need of education to see that they have fired a woman because she is pregnant. Whether she's lesbian or not does not change the fact that this act is simply unacceptable.
“This is so much more than me or my school, it’s about human rights. It’s a right for a woman to have a child,” Webb said after her dismissal.
“Being pregnant, you can’t hide forever, so I tried to be proactive and professional. [They said] my only options were to resign or be terminated.”
Photo credit: Facebook/ I Stand With Barb Webb group