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.