School’s Pregnancy Test Policy Under Legal Review

In the wake of a challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a state-funded charter school in Louisiana has asked lawyers to review its policy of requiring female students to take a pregnancy test if they are suspected of being pregnant, Today.com reports:

The policy, which dates at least to 2006, covers the approximately 700 students who are accepted into the state-funded Delhi Charter School in Delhi, La.

“There have never been any complaints from students or parents about the school policy,” Chris Broussard, the school’s teacher-director for grades 6-12, told TODAY.com. “However, in light of the recent inquiry, the current policy has been forwarded to the law firm of Davenport, Files & Kelly … to ensure that necessary revisions are made so that our school is in full compliance with constitutional law.”

The law firm did not return a call to TODAY.com.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana sent the school a letter on Monday, saying that the policy violates federal law and the U.S. Constitution, and threatening legal action if it is not revised immediately.

“The policy discriminates against female students not just for being pregnant but even for the possibility that they might be pregnant, and treats them as though pregnancy was some kind of contagious disease by telling them they can’t stay in school,” Marjorie Esman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, told TODAY.com. “That is a gross violation of the law and their right to have an education.”

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  1. by Amanda

    On August 10, 2012 at 11:12 am

    In my high school, we had to submit to random drug testing in order to participate in any extracurricular activities such as dances, sports, field trips, etc. I wouldn’t have minded submitting to a random pregnancy test for things such as sports which could cause harm to a developing fetus harm. We had a girl who was sliding into second base really roughly before she knew she was pregnant.

  2. by Leanne

    On August 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Teenage pregnancy IS a contagious disease! The rate isn’t rising for no reason.

    If the thought of other people thinking you’re having sex and/or having to take a pregnancy test is embarassing/humialting to you, congratulations, you’ve just realized you’re TOO YOUNG to be having sex!

  3. by YVONDA K JOHNSON

    On August 16, 2012 at 4:52 am

    YOU MIGHT HAVE A POINT ABOUT TEEN PREGNANCY BEING A DISEASE; PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING DEFINITION; SPECIAL ATTENTION #3; HOWEVER!! I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE SITUATION TARGETING ONLY THE FEMALE HALF OF THE EXPECTANT COUPLE. IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO AND THIS IS DISCRIMINATION DUE TO GENDER; NOW IF THEY WENT AFTER BOTH PARTIES, THAT MIGHT BE WORKABLE AND ACCEPTABLE. TOO MANY TIMES THE MALE HALF GETS OFF SCOTT-FREE…I DON’T LIKE THAT IDEA.

    DISEASE: 1. a disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection, poisons, nutritional deficiency or imbalance, toxicity, or unfavorable environmental factors; illness; sickness; ailment. 2. any abnormal condition in a plant that interferes with its vital physiological processes, caused by pathogenic microorganisms, parasites, unfavorable environmental, genetic, or nutritional factors, etc. 3. any harmful, depraved, or morbid condition, as of the mind or society: His fascination with executions is a disease.
    4. decomposition of a material under special circumstances: tin disease.