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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zapper45701

Where are judges, lawyers, parents, doctors, nurses, ministers, etc.? Why are they not out at the school EDUCATING the educators. Obviously, we still have some ways to go to get into this century. If a school receives any state or federal funds, it is obligated, by law to follow the laws of the state and country.

Anonymous

Good article, but:

"...relies on archaic stereotypes linked to sex and pregnancy." ??

Those crazy archaic stereotypes that only women can get pregnant? I'm with you. What kind of crazy person believes that nonsense anymore?

It would be helpful to flush that out a little bit. Otherwise, keep up the good work!

Mariachi

@Fellow Traveler: Article 1, Section 8: "The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States." That "general welfare" clause covers a lot of ground. But eliminating educational spending would swell the ranks of the ignorant, which would give you more people to hang out with.

Anonymous

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/keeping-teen-mothers-in-education/3078186.

Anonymous

I completely agree, what is the punishment for the boys who impregnate these girls? In addition to the other overwhelming discriminations, this is 100% aimed at females only. Disgusting.

AmyWinegeart

From the LA Dept of Education http://www.doe.state.la.us/divisions/charters/
Charter schools are governed independently by a board of directors and are free from many laws and regulations governing traditional schools.

Anonymous

Being from the south has nothing to do with it, this is basically a situation where one or two people depending on who your listening to never made it out of a small town to become anyone so decided they would become Lord of Delhi. This WHOLE situation is the result of one mans ego, that is what is so incredibly sad about it. Odds are if I wrote my name on here my grandchildren would be kicked out of the school before I could even contact the ACLU. What you need to understand is this for most people here there is no alternate choice unless you can afford private school. If you speak up there is always a form of retaliation, whether they admit that or not. This same school recently made parents sign an internet agreement, in which as it was explained at parent orientation your child can be removed from the school if you post anything about the school on the internet. That is also a violation of the constitution. Never the less all of this is wrapped around one mans ego, his school his rules, everyone else in that office are just a bunch of yes people has been since day one. Oddly enough he has not one child or grandchild that attends this school and never has.

Anonymous

Forced to undergo homeschooling? There could be worse options. They could have to stay in that awful public school that they are currently going to. You know, not get prepped for college or the real world. Teachers that collect a paycheck for being present everyday. Could be the best thing that ever happened to them..

Anonymous

Being from the south has nothing to do with it!!! This is also not a religious issue as stated by 29 because just this last year they did not allow the Gidions the right to come in and pass out bibles because of separation of state and church. This is the result of a person never making it out of small town U.S.A and deciding he would make himself supreme ruler of Delhi Louisiana. In fact as this is going on if I were to mention my name on here my grandchildren would likely be kicked out of school before I could contact the aclu, because all parents were required to sign an internet user agreement which was basically explained like this at the parent orientation meeting. If you go on public internet place via this facebook ect. you will go before the board and probably be kicked out of the school. There is the charter written for the school and a whole other packet of rules given for the parents to sign. This persons favorite line to use when you address him with a complaint is it is a school of choice you don't have to attend. That is what is truly so sad about the whole situation ONE mans ego. Also unless you can afford private school the charter school is your only choice you speak up you get kicked out. For the middle class in this economy it's 0ur only choice.

Anonymous

That is bad for the girls. The ACLU is bad for everybody. Just cause a girl gets pregnant, they should not lose their free education. I don't agree with the ACLU forcing their wildly liberal, Constitution killing agenda down the throats of people that don't want it
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