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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Missbrenslaw

Wonder what would happen if the ACLU were able to bring that one to the table. Ok- bring us the boys! this girl has named the father- bring me the boy! That could be the beginning of "Equality" like we've never seen in this country.

Holding the fathers just as accountable as the mothers, and in many ways. Not just financially, but also criminally (depending on the circumstances) I hope the ACLU does make an issue of this... Huge issue- clearly the support is there to back you up.

Anonymous

HOW MUCH LONGER ARE WE GOING TO ALLOW A GROUP TO URSURP OUR RIGHTS ? REMEMBER IT HAPPENED ONCE IN GERMANY WITH THE NAME OF EUGENICS.

Anti-anonymous

To the moron who said the school is right. I need to get a sample of your blood and DNA to make sure you're not taking any substances that I don't like. If you are, you need to get off the Internet and into an internment camp until I feel you're clean to my standards.

Welcome to your America.

Anonymous

In a country where the media glorifies teen pregnancy this rule at the one school needs to be made law. If the media and parents fail the shame the teens into using protection, better yet abstain until old enough to make these choices, then someone has to. If someone has a better idea then say it. Think about it people when WE were little it was a shame to be a teen and pregnant. If a girl became pregnant most times she was forced to give it up for adoption which should still be done. This way the girls can return to school and the baby will be given more choices and a better life. The facts are: 1) that a teen mother is more likely to be poverty level and never make it out of that. 2) That she is more likely to be a high school dropout and never complete her education. 3) I even believe there is a connection between childhood crime and the age of the mother.

We need to make steps to prevent it not continue it and I praise the school for taking those steps. Shame on you who think this is wrong, because it is people like you that think it is okay and just shrug when it happens. These girls NEED to better themselves so that America can look forward to better future. It is for the good of our country and even the world. Shame on the ACLU for even saying this is wrong. I agree with many, many of your subjects but this one I do not. You should be fighting for a better country not a way to make it worse.

Green

Does charter school have the right to deny black, Latino, or red skin? If no, it should apply concept to those girls. Those schools in Louisana are breaking the Federal laws! Pregnant or not, those girls should stage massive civil disobience against those schools. I do not care if you label me either liberal or conservative. There is line in the Constituion: we have the pursuit of happiness! When those girls are denied the happiness, their rights are violated. By the way, I am tired of hateful groups or laws. We have the right to be liberal!

Anonymous

That is crazy! But on the other hand/extreme we have schools that cannot give a Tylenol, but can take our daughters to a clinic to kill our unborn grandchildren without parental permission. I'd be upset if some school insisted my daughter take a pregnancy test....better not say what I'd wanna do to someone who took her to an abortion clinic to kill my unborn grandchild!

Frances Porgal

Why would a pregnant girl need an education? Of course they have a boyfriend who is set to step up and support them - or parents - or the taxpayers. This has got to be the most dumb city with the most ignorant education system I have ever heard of. Time for ACLU and any and everyone else who can do something to help here. Just plain stupid and ignorant - like they want her to be I suppose - barefoot and PG? Ya think? Knew that parts of LA were still pretty backwards but this takes the cake.

Anonymous

I have a different view in this dimension. What is more important for the high school student: getting pregnant or getting education? While we our freedom detects that we choose the way we want to live, it also makes sense that an institution has right to set certain standard or rules which are not discriminatory or racial. The issue of kids in school getting pregnant or fathering kids is one of the major cause of many crimes in our society. Any young person who intends to get pregnant before graduating from high school should first decide on the consequences and think twice.

Our young children should be instructed to make a better choice in life. When we fail to do this, we pick up the tabs for their msitakes. There is an option for those whose first priority is to getting children while in school; homeschooling.

Anonymous

I hope they have the funds to pay for the DNA tests to find out what "randy" boys are operating at this school and make them leave as well...we are fast approaching the 1950's again

Anonymous

In a country where the media glorifies teen pregnancy this rule at the one school needs to be made law. If the media and parents fail the shame the teens into using protection, better yet abstain until old enough to make these choices, then someone has to. If someone has a better idea then say it. Think about it people when WE were little it was a shame to be a teen and pregnant. If a girl became pregnant most times she was forced to give it up for adoption which should still be done. This way the girls can return to school and the baby will be given more choices and a better life. The facts are: 1) that a teen mother is more likely to be poverty level and never make it out of that. 2) That she is more likely to be a high school dropout and never complete her education. 3) I even believe there is a connection between childhood crime and the age of the mother.

We need to make steps to prevent it not continue it and I praise the school for taking those steps. Shame on you who think this is wrong, because it is people like you that think it is okay and just shrug when it happens. These girls NEED to better themselves so that America can look forward to better future. It is for the good of our country and even the world. Shame on the ACLU for even saying this is wrong. I agree with many, many of your subjects but this one I do not. You should be fighting for a better country not a way to make it worse.

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