Get Tested Or Get Out: School Forces Pregnancy Tests on Girls, Kicks out Students Who Refuse or are Pregnant

In a Louisiana public school, female students who are suspected of being pregnant are told that they must take a pregnancy test. Under school policy, those who are pregnant or refuse to take the test are kicked out and forced to undergo home schooling.

Welcome to Delhi Charter School, in Delhi, Louisiana, a school of 600 students that does not believe its female students have a right to education free from discrimination. According to its Student Pregnancy Policy, the school has a right to not only force testing upon girls, but to send them to a physician of the school administration’s choice. A positive test result, or failure to take the test at all, means administrators can forbid a girl from taking classes and force her to pursue a course of home study if she wishes to continue her education with the school.

This is in blatant violation of federal law and the U.S. Constitution.

Today, the ACLU of Louisiana and the ACLU Women’s Rights Project asked Delhi Charter School to immediately suspend this discriminatory and illegal policy.

The policy’s complete disregard for Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities, is astonishing. Title IX and its regulations explicitly mandate that schools cannot exclude any student from an education program or activity, “including any class or extracurricular activity, on the basis of such student’s pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy or recovery therefrom.”

Besides violating Title IX, the policy is also in violation of the Constitution’s due process right to procreate, and equal protection: it treats female students differently from male students and relies on archaic stereotypes linked to sex and pregnancy.

Approximately 70 percent of teen girls who give birth leave school, due in part to illegal discrimination. Schools should be supporting pregnant and parenting teens that face numerous barriers to completing their education, not illegally excluding them from school. The ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project protects the rights of pregnant and parenting teens through advocacy, education, and litigation, working to combat the push-out of pregnant and parenting teens from school.

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Daddy Love

You see, if you're pregnant, the last thing you need is education.

Anonymous

And what sort of tests do they perform on boys to see whether they've been ejaculating?

sadly not suprised

And yet no word on forcing all the boys at the school to undergo a dna test. And get kicked out for refusing or ending up the father of the child. And people say the oppression of women is dead.... so sad and pathetic.

Anonymous

Are the boys who get them pregnant subject to the same rules??

Anonymous

Are the boys who got them pregnant suject to the same rules??

Anonymous

Does the boy responsible get kicked out too?

Trudy Toney

This country is so advanced in technology but so starved in the advancement of the spirit.
Prostitutes are arrested, where are the "Johns"? Why do they normally go free? No public humiliation for them.
Girls get pregnant, left holding the beg, where are the boys??? If they are going to hold girls under such scrutiny they had best get out the DNA kit out and do the witch hunt to find the boy, and send him packing as well!!! She did not get herself pregnant.

T.m.caurinus

This is horrendous. Delhi Charter School may be a charter school, but they are still government-funded and, therefore, must follow nondiscrimination laws. Has anyone created a petition on this issue yet?

Anonymous

This school should be closed down. What a bunch of hateful discriminating people. So wrong. You should all be ashamed of yourselves and the behavior your teaching our children.

Anonymous

What happens to the boys who got the girls pregnant? It was a joint decision to have sex in the first place then both should suffer the consequences, right?

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