August 9, 2012 Leave a comment
by Denene Millner
A publicly-funded, Delhi, Louisiana, school is taking teen pregnancy prevention—and discrimination against young women—to a whole new level with a policy mandating pregnancy tests for female students administrators suspect may be pregnant—a rule the American Civil Liberties Union says violates all kinds of federal laws aimed at protecting women from discrimination.
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 suspected student is in fact pregnant.” In cases where a test determines that a female student is pregnant, “the student will not be permitted to attend classes on the campus of Delhi Charter School,” the policy adds. Students 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.”
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