Dispatches From The War On Women: Pass A Pregnancy Test To Stay In School

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Conservatives in the deep South have decided the best way to tackle a problem of teenage pregnancy is by stripping away funding for social services like family planning, refusing to teach sex education and, subjecting young girls to mandatory and discriminatory pregnancy tests in school. The ACLU sent a letter to the Delhi Charter School in Delhi, Louisiana demanding they cease enforcement of the school’s pregnancy policy and you can help by signing our petition. Young women in crisis need support, not ridicule and discrimination. Tell Louisiana school officials enough.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) apparently has a price at which he will stop playing politics with women’s lives, and that prices is approximately $2.1 billion. Branstad’s administration put the brakes on fellow Republicans’ plans to cut off Medicaid funding for abortions in cases of rape and incest. Had the state moved forward with its plan it would have lost federal Medicaid dollars. It’s a win in the short-term but also revealing in terms of the true motivations and passions of anti-choice legislators.

Rich doesn’t begin to describe Mitt Romney’s latest lies, this time over voter disenfranchisement under the Obama administration. Yes, you read that right. Voter disenfranchisement under the Obama administration.

He’s had at least a year, but Romney still can’t get the really die-hard religious conservatives behind his candidacy, so apparently Rick Santorum is supposed to help?

More tragic, avoidable and gun violence and death, this time in Wisconsin.

Here’s Texas proving once again it has no use for your “due process” and “equal protections” under the Constitution.

How have the GOP and Tea Party hurt women? Count the ways with Robin Marty.

Summer is in full-swing so that must mean it’s time for modeling camp! Umm.. wait.

On a related note, check out Zoe Weil’s amazing piece “High Heels, Media Literacy and Reclaiming Our Freedom to Choose.”

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Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

Pass a pregnancy test? In Texas I had enough problems passing TAAS, TAKS, and STAAR. Is there a bell/belly curve?

Michael G.
Michael T5 years ago

Chillin you are making the rounds posting this same sexist misogynistic message word for word claiming status as a webmaster. Is there a reason you would want to post things like this and eliminate any credibility you might have had?

Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

You can tell by the way the men trolling this site respond to these posts to see just how much we are disrespected as women. It doesn't matter what age the female is or what the issue is... The fact is, if you vote for the men that are trying to keep us down as a gender... rest assured you we will never see total acceptance, equal pay, equal freedoms, equal treatment etc... nor will your daughters or grand daughters. Ask yourself is this the legacy you want to leave for the ones that come after you are gone?
For you men on this site that feel they have a right to speak on this subject... Just know you look foolish and only prove the point..

Shirley Townsend
Shirley T5 years ago

The school when threatened with a law suit for discrimination now says they will stop. They say they didn't realize it was discriminatory. And these are the teachers? How stupid can they be.

Heather M
Heather Marvin5 years ago

When sex becomes accepted as pretty much free for all, with no responsibilities, there are always consequences. Young people, children need to be taught that every action has a consequence. Sex was created to be between a mature, committed couple, who in the event of a pregnancy would care for the child together.
To say that if a young woman gets pregnant she has to leave school and do home school - I don't know that this is in her best interests or the interests of her child. That is the time when she needs the support of her school friends and adults. I have seen on TV (in Australia) of a couple of schools that keep the girls in school, support them and their pregnancy and do everything they can to help them complete their education. They even allow them to take the baby to school. It is a huge ask and obviously costs financially but this way she hopefully won't end up in poverty, if she has a decent education.
The best option is to teach girls/boys that sex does have consequences and it is in their interest to wait for the right relationship. One based on love, commitment and a sense of strong responsibility towards children. In my day we called it Marriage. Marriage was made to protect children. Its not perfect but I believe it is the best model we have in an Imperfect World.

Bette M.
Bette M5 years ago

BIG QUESTION:Why would anyone risk or deliberately ignore BC in this world today?
The world is a rotten mess from economics, schooling, the environment, overpopulation, water vanishing,mass starvation on the horizon in all 3rd world countrys & even developed countrys.
Even the almighty oil will eventually run out. Forest dying left and right.
Again, who would bring an innocent child into the world as it is today??????????
Do the world & yourself a favor & PASS OUT THE PILL LIKE CANDY!!

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

Darryll Green
Darryll Green5 years ago

Hey Winn, vote democrates out, THIS is a charter school, these kids know the rules before they enroll, kick Jessica out for not writing the whole story

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Dispatches From The War On Women: Pass A Pregnancy Test To Stay In School
OMG and what's next? Vote republicans out of office in every state at every opportunity.

Ann B.
Ann B5 years ago

This is crazy....

Tiffany B.
Tiffany B5 years ago


Sierra C.
Sierra Cabral5 years ago

That is absolutely discusting. If I was subjected to a pregnancy test for school, me and my mother would flip. Taking away the resources for pregnant teens will only make the problem worse and sink them and their new baby into poverty.