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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Billy Belcher

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Billy here I think that law ought to be tossed out the door .they have no right to make a girl take a test or exam to see whether she is pregnant or not.

I am in college & where i go to school they would never think of doing something like that.
That is outrageous , they are more or less taking her freedom away from her.

I think who ever is responsible for this ought to be taken to court & possible be put out of office or fired.

I have never heard of anything so ridiculous.

Billy Belcher

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ARYKAH

THAT SCHOOL IS SOOOO BEYOND RETARDED/ HYPOCRITICAL/ AND MOST OF ALL DISTURBING!! WHAT HAPPENED TO PRIVACY? THE SCHOOL IS JUST AFRAID OF EMBARRASSMENT....IF I WAS A STUDENT THERE OR HAD A CHILD THAT WENT THRER...ID MOVE AWAY JUST BECAUSE OF THAT RIDICULOUS LAW....ITS BS!!!

Melisa

This just ticks me off so what happens to the BOYS that pregnant the girls? How would u even know what males have pregnant-ed girls.. this is just BS

Amber

this is so fucked up... not right at all... you see i got pregnant at the age of 17 and did not complete schooling and every day i look back on it and wish i would have. not completing school make life really hard and when you kids grow up and find out you did not finish school what does this teach them... im am trying to get my schooling done now so when my child is old i do not thave to tell them that i did not finish school... they really need to do something about there system or get shut down...

Anonymous

This policy is patently unconstitutional, violating a number of our most fundamental rights: due process (since the girls are deprived of their right to an (equal) education without having been found guilty in a court of law), equal treatment (it selectively targets teen girls for punishment), the right to be secure in one's person (performing a medical test or examination against one's will and (and without medical cause) constitutes a warrantless search of a person's body which is an even more egregious violation or personal privacy than a warrantless search of their home, car, etc.). Arguably, it also violates the Establishment clause (since the belief that women should be punished for having sex outside marriage is based not on any legitimate interest of society but on religious dogma. In keeping with the punitive mentality of the (closely-related) anti-choice movement — another example of religious extremists trying to make their reality-contradicting beliefs the law of the land — this rule apparently doesn't even make an exception for girls who have become pregnant as a result of sexual abuse or assault, nor does it appear to mention anything about helping the young women obtain prenatal or abortion services.

I didn't know, however, that there existed a legal "right to procreate." I'm assuming this is due to some legal precedent or other. Anyone know the exact source?

Anonymous

If they are pregnant but are having a problem facing it (this is a problem many, many teens have when they get pregnant), then it would be very helpful for them to get some help forced upon them. IF one of their options would be a legal abortion for any reason whatsoever (not just rape or medical). Which it ain't. And as that ain't one of their options, then sorry dudes who want this law passed, the chix probably DO know they're pregnant and they are purposely keeping schtum until they can get the money and transportation to another state. And since you're one of the asshole states that don't allow abortions, then eff you, I'm for not helping them through their pregnancies since YOU aren't helping them through their pregnancies. One of the ways of helping is ending it before the baby comes. That's your job. Do it, for criyiyi and stop forcing girls to have babies.

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