ACLU targets school that threatens to expel pregnant students
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is going after a Louisiana public charter school that targets pregnant teenagers.
Delhi Charter School’s “Student Pregnancy Policy” states that if a girl refuses to take a pregnancy test — or turns up in class pregnant, she can be removed from class and sent home.
The ACLU claims the school’s policy violates the U.S. Constitution and federal laws against sexual discrimination.
ACLU executive director Marjorie R. Esman said the policy violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection clause because “boys who are expecting children — or who are suspected of having engaged in sexual activity — are not similarly treated.”
Students who refuse to take the pregnancy test must study at home or find another school.
That makes good sense to me.
As a teenager growing up in the Miami school system, I never saw a pregnant teenager walking the halls. That’s because pregnant teens were removed from class and placed in alternative schools, where they belong. We can argue that the policy violates student’s rights, but a girl who gets pregnant is no longer a child — she’s a grown woman with adult responsibilities.
Once the courts allowed pregnant teenagers to remain in class the teen pregnancy rates skyrocketed. And guess who has to pay to support all those unwed teen mothers?
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