In Florida, pregnant fourth-grade teacher Jarretta Hamilton was allegedly fired after the principal of her non-denominational Christian school discovered that the baby was conceived before she got married. Her case is currently being heard by an appeals court in Atlanta.
In Ohio, a federal judge has green-lighted a trial for Catholic school teacher Christa Dias' lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Cincinnati after she was fired in 2010 for becoming pregnant through artificial insemination.
"If anyone can say they're a Christian organization and therefore not subject to federal and state decisions, then there's no point in having those laws," Walsh said.
For now, with her baby due April 19 and two other young children to support, Samford is trying to make ends meet and is applying for jobs.
"I'm very worried about money. I'm just hoping to make it through this month. I've had lots of medical bills. My insurance was dropped so everything I've had to pay is out of pocket," she said. "I'm using my tax return just to live on. It's a big concern. I don't know what next month holds for me."
She said her students, volleyball team members and their parents have been largely supportive and miss her at school.
"They know me. I'm not someone who goes out and parties and is crazy and gives bad advice, trying to lead them in a certain direction," Samford said. "It just kind of hurts my heart a little bit."