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Tell Louisiana School: No More Forced Pregnancy Tests!

Tell Louisiana School: No More Forced Pregnancy Tests!

In one Louisiana public school, if a female student is suspected of being pregnant, school officials will demand she take a pregnancy test. Those who refuse to take the test, or those who are pregnant, are then kicked out and forced to undergo home schooling.

According to the ACLU
, Delhi Charter School in Delhi, Louisiana is in blatant violation of federal law, the U.S. Constitution and must immediately stop discriminating against female students. The school’s Student Pregnancy Policy completely disregards for Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. This law, and its implementing regulations, explicitly prohibit schools from excluding any student from an education program or activity, including classes and activities on the basis of a student’s “pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy or recovery.”

The policy also violates the equal protection guarantees of the US Constitution as well as due process rights to procreate. It’s a policy grounded in outdated stereotypes of sexuality and pregnancy and uses those stereotypes to treat female students differently. Notably male students are not subject to paternity testing should school officials suspect they impregnated a fellow student, nor do they face any consequences related to a pregnancy while a student at Delhi Charter School.

Teen mothers need support, not discriminatory exclusion. In states like Louisiana and Mississippi that refuse to adequately fund social services and make contraception, sex education and abortion services accessible young women face bleak prospects. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Tell Delhi Charter Schools to stop this discriminatory policy and end pregnancy testing of its students.

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11:47AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

As stated in Gone With the Wind, "I don't know nuthin bout birthin babies!"

12:51PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

What the heck? It is not the school's business to discriminate over something like that. If anything, a pregnant teenager needs education and support more than ever. It's not like pregnancy is contagious. They are not harming anyone. This is ridiculous and to some extent, cruel. How can we pride ourselves in our country when backwards actions like these keep happening more frequently?

1:07AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Jos tyttö tai jo aikuinen nainen opiskelee, on raskaana tai ei helvettiäkö se kenellekään kuuluu, ainoastaan ne ihmiset jotka auttavat heitä ovat ymmärtäviä, muut pitäköön suun kiinni !!!

8:18AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Come November we WILL remember.

7:19PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

It would appear the War On Women has "devolved" into a War On Uterus's, 'period'. What the hell is wrong with the Fright Reich? So, I wonder how happy the gop is with this Frankenstein they created.

Okay, ladies and gents (and you may quote me), all together now;
Come November, women will remember
Come November, women will remember
Come November, women will remember

6:38PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

where are the parents? Well a lot of teenage girls aren't comfortable with asking their mums to take them to the doctors for birth control and thereby admitting they could possibly be sexually active. A lot of boys aren't comfortable with talking to their parents about how to use a condom properly and effectively. Teenagers will be teenagers, and unless a parent is "fine" with the idea that their child is having sex at a young age then there will be barriers to proper teaching. It's like young girls looking up on the net how to use a tampon properly. There are some things a parent just either can't teach (a lot of parents might not even know the answers) or won't teach or don't know how to approach the subject, or the child doesn't feel comfortable with asking every little detail. As for forced pregnancy tests and kicking pregnant girls out of school, that's just horrendous. Kicking them out of school is robbing her and her baby of a decent future, and a forced pregnancy test is just demeaning and not how you deal with a sensitive and complex issue. So how do these parents have the news broken to them that their daughter is pregnant? A letter/phone call from the school telling them that in one stroke their daughter is pregnant and has been expelled? Nice one. I fail to see how a school can legally be involved in sensitive medical issues and performing medical tests.

3:48PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Louisiana is also a place that doesn't believe in contraception OR sex education, which is why I disagree with this. If a teen is pregnant it is between her, her parents, and her doctor - it is not the school's responsibility. I live in the south, and the schools are VERY nosy. Pregnancy isn't contagious - you would think keeping them in school would be a deterrent for other girls. Also, what if there is a false positive? I doubt they'd take another, as Louisiana is so stupid about reproduction.

2:49PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

I wonder why they do not try to find out who the father is...

12:07PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Yea cause what the U.S. needs is more pregnant, uneducated babies having babies. Sex education was never the problem. Sex education is part of the solution. Maybe your outdated sex education video's are the problem. Making sex education classes in elementary through high school is vital and should be done in a way that is understood by each new generation making information more readily available to children, teens and young adults by giving them options. Showing them where there are clinics, website's/video's. Not to mention that forcing them with or without their parent's consent is a complete violation of their rights under the constitution. Your school policy's do not override the constitutional laws that protect us. If you want to help them, offer them condoms, pregnancy tests.This is just ridiculous! Did you really think you would get away with this for much longer. And Where are the parent's on this!?For all those who think that sex education shouldn't be taught in schools, I believe that it should be. I understand that some families in area's like, in the bible belt, may think differently of this. When I was in school I had sex education classes once or twice in elementary school and did not go on after that and thinking back on it now I wish I had more information. I think that sex education should be taught in every school from elementary through high school.It is education after all and where else should education be taught then in a school filled with education pr

12:05PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Yea cause what the U.S. needs is more pregnant, uneducated babies having babies. Sex education was never the problem. Sex education is part of the solution. Maybe your outdated sex education video's are the problem. Making sex education classes in elementary through high school is vital and should be done in a way that is understood by each new generation making information more readily available to children, teens and young adults by giving them options. Showing them where there are clinics, website's/video's. Not to mention that forcing them with or without their parent's consent is a complete violation of their rights under the constitution. Your school policy's do not override the constitutional laws that protect us. If you want to help them, offer them condoms, pregnancy tests.This is just ridiculous! Did you really think you would get away with this for much longer. And Where are the parent's on this!?For all those who think that sex education shouldn't be taught in schools, I believe that it should be. I understand that some families in area's like, in the bible belt, may think differently of this. When I was in school I had sex education classes once or twice in elementary school and did not go on after that and thinking back on it now I wish I had more information. I think that sex education should be taught in every school from elementary through high school.It is education after all and where else should education be taught then in a school filled with education pr

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