The Washington Post reports on Delhi Charter School – a kindergarten through 12th grade school in Louisiana that has recently come under fire for its policy on pregnant students. The pregnancy policy states:
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.
If a student refuses to take a pregnancy test, the school assumes she is pregnant. Pregnant students must continue their studies from home. There is no comparable policy for male students who get female students pregnant.
The ACLU has threatened to sue the school, pointing out that such a policy is in violation of federal laws against sex discrimination. Some of the school’s board members have stated that they are reviewing the policy. The ACLU is hopeful that the school will see the need to change the policy.
Many women choose abortion because they feel they lack the resources to raise the child. Greatly stigmatizing pregnancy, as this policy does, only exacerbates the problem. Hopefully we will read about the policy’s suspension soon.