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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Banging head in...

Chalk it up to the genius local leaders in Northern Louisiana for this brilliant idea! They are really making the many sane residents of the state look fantastic at the moment.

Louisiana Taxpayer

@FellowTraveler: Yes, let's require people to pay for their children's educations. A surefire way for the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer.

Anonymous

How about you realize that this is a tool to help encourage girls NOT TO GET PREGNANT IN HIGH SCHOOL!! Getting knocked up as a teen in HS IS NOT inevitable!! This is an incentive to NOT BE CARELESS!!

Anonymous

The high school should support the teen and parents through counselling,treating her with no exclusion,being moral and respectful.The most inportant thing is counselling for parents,mother and father of the baby too.The should let her stay at chool and continue with her education or give her the choice of being home schooled f she wants to.
Exclusion is a way of mistreatment and segregation.They should be proactive ,not
reactive.

Anonymous

Conservative Christians have become as bad as radical Muslims in trying to force their beliefs on the rest of us.
I say let Louisiana succeed from the union, but don’t ask the federal government for help after the next hurricane!

Anonymous

That school is in violation of Federal law. All children are required to go to school, pregnant or not they have the right to an education.

Anonymous

This Christian Taliban state wants to stop Obama's mandate of contraception. By this article I can tell they want to put women and girls in there rightful submissive to husbands only state of mind. After all there religious leaders say feminism is the root of all evil.

Anonymous

Imagine how the rest of us would be living right now had the South won the civil war!

Stevie8

@17
Actually, solicitation of prostitutes is a crime. Police frequently entrap men and arrest them. But arresting either isn't a solution. Prostitution should be legal and regulated.

As for charter schools. This is just another reason why they shouldn't be allowed to exist. They are nothing but tax-payer funded religious indoctrination camps.

At least they could be consistent and do paternity tests on all the boys and then kick out the fathers too.

Anonymous

no worries....they'll all just get abortions so they can continue w/their education. What??? That wasn't your intent with this rule?

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