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School Requires Students to Take Pregnancy Tests

School Requires Students to Take Pregnancy Tests

A charter school in Louisiana has caught the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union over its pregnancy policy. 

The Delhi Charter School's policy states that "the school reserves the right to require any female student to take a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not the suspect student is in fact pregnant." If a student is pregnant or refuses to be tested, the school requires her to enroll in a home study course.

The ACLU sent a letter to the school on Monday requesting a revision of the policy, and is considering legal action on the basis that the policy is discriminatory.

Read the entire story (SF Gate).

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NicoleWinter11247 NicoleWinter11247 3 years
Ladies, all of you who have commented about how back in your day in age schools were *so* much better, that girls can / should / used to say no to sex... get off it. Back in the day when doctors would ask grown women who were asking for a prescription for birth control if they'd still be "good girls" ya'all had plenty of teen pregnancies. Quietly covered up, either through back-street abortions, binding and sequestering when binding no longer worked, girls starving themselves so they wouldn't "show," and a lack of prenatal care that would make your heads spin... I dunno where you get off talking about how parents need to teach their children not to have sex. Sex happens, condoms break and girls get pregnant. I read about this a couple of weeks ago on Change.org ... if you do a web search for the terms: Louisiana Charter School and the word petition those of you who are as outraged by this intrusion into student (and parent) rights can sign a petition asking the school to change their policy. I would love to get more involved, but I'm not from Louisiana, nor do I have a student going to the school. The ACLU, et. all should be contacted, so if you have students who go here and are disturbed by your TAX MONEY being used to randomly test young girls for pregnancy then get involved. This "rule" is arbitrary, sexist, discriminatory and flat out wrong. Anyone of you ladies who is saying "Good on them," need to get your head out of the 1940's and into this brave new world where both boys and girls should be held accountable for their bodies.
DebClough DebClough 3 years
I looked up the Policy Manual from this school, and it is stated VERY clearly in it's manual that this is the policy. The pregnant girls are suspended from attending the school, but are allowed to finish their studies from home, as long as they meet the standards set by the school. This school has VERY high standards and the parents agree to them before sending their children there. I say good for them! Until we expect excellence we'll only get sub standard behavior! Girls can say "no". They know before going in what is expected of them. No excuses.
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