Louisiana charter school forcing students to take pregnancy tests

According to Mother Jones, a school in Louisiana has implemented a policy allowing the school to force any “suspected student” to take a pregnancy test.
The new policy in the Delhi Charter School in Delhi, La., which has gained national attention, states that the school wants to ensure that students “exhibit acceptable character traits.” And by their understanding that means forcing suspected students to take pregnancy tests.
If that student is pregnant she will be forced to go on home study. Same thing goes for a student who refuses to take the pregnancy test because she will be treated as pregnant.
The ACLU of Louisiana sent a letter to the school on Monday arguing that the policy is unconstitutional and in violation of federal law, such as Title IX, which protects against educational discrimination based in sex, and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

I am at a loss of words. This policy is so wrong on so many levels. It is discriminatory, unconstitutional and violates every gender equality and expectation of privacy right the United States has enacted. Women have come so far when it comes to protection of privacy, right to choose etc, and this policy basically sets us back about 100 years. If there were women in the process of choosing to enact this policy, I have to say, shame on you! How could you even think of enacting a policy that sets us back as a gender? That takes away our choice? It’s either live one way or be kicked out and home schooled. What type of choice and freedom is that?
A school has no right to pry into a student’s personal life and force them to leave school based on that life. This is absolutely appalling.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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