Students who attend a Louisiana public school are being forced to take a pregnancy test if school administrators believe they are pregnant. School officials reserve the right to administer a pregnancy test simply based of of the suspension of a young lady being pregnant. If a student tests positive, or refuses to take the test they will be kicked out of the school. I’m not familiar with all of the amendments to the constitution but I am sure that this violates one of them.
If an administrator or teacher suspects a student is pregnant, a parent conference will be held. The school reserves the right to require any female student to take a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not the suspected student is in fact pregnant. The school further reserves the right to refer the suspected student to a physician of its choice. If the test indicates that the student is pregnant, the student will not be permitted to attend classes on the campus of Delhi Charter school.
Any student who is suspected of being pregnant and who refuse to submit to a pregnancy test shall be treated as a pregnant student and will be offered home study opportunities. If home study opportunities are not acceptable, the student will be counseled to seek other educational opportunities.
Home study opportunities?!?!? I mean really, are we living in he 1920′s? Here is a new flash for the folks over at Delhi Charter School…Females….even young ones…even teenage ones have RIGHTS. This is just wrong on so many levels. Who are you to say that because you THINK someone is pregnant that they have to take a pregnancy test to appease you. Instead of pushing these girls out of school there should be a program implemented that helps the girls who do get pregnant to continue with their education without penalty.
The ACLU is currently handling this case of “blatant violation of federal law and the U.S. Constitution.”
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.
Hopefully the ACLU will be able to bring a swift resolution to this matter.
What do you think? Should teenage girls be forced to take pregnancy tests in school?