Thanks to the ACLU, No More Expulsions for Pregnant Students at Louisiana School


This is a story about how putting sunshine on civil rights violations can and does produce positive results.  It’s also about how little law makers and school officials know about the constitution and its application to pregnant students.

The story begins at Delhi Charter School in Delhi, Lousiana.  The school’s pregnancy policy made pregnancy an expellable offense, punishable by mandatory home schooling.  Under the policy, a teacher or administrator could compel a girl suspected of committing pregnancy to undergo a mandatory blood test, and be sent to a doctor of the school’s choosing.  Refusal to be tested would result in expulsion, because we all know that refusing a school administered pregnancy test is one of the gravest offenses and young woman can commit – well of course, next to the crime of pregnancy.

It also violates the constitution.  Enter the ACLU with its threat to sue the school.

Today, the Charter school announced it would change its policy.  According to the School, it didn’t think mandatory pregnancy tests or expelling students who refuse them or commit the crime of pregnancy violated the constitution.

According to NBC: School officials announced today that the will change their pregnancy policy because of the ACLU’s actions.

No one at Delhi Charter School in rural northeast Louisiana realized there was anything wrong with the policy until the American Civil Liberties Union’s state chapter threatened to sue, said chairman Albert Christman. The policy has gotten “everybody up in a roar,” he said.

Yes, imagine that.  The constitution applies to pregnant students too!  You would be surprised how many politicians and school officials are unaware of that fact – a point not lost on the National Women’s Law Center,   in it’s reaction to Delhi Charter school policy.

It is unacceptable that in the year 2012 so few lawmakers, school officials, teachers know that Title IX prohibits discrimination against pregnant and parenting students.

The repercussions of this unawareness are profound. As noted in NWLC’s executive summary of a report on the subject:

According to a study released in 2010, only about 50% of teen mothers get a high school

diploma by the age of 22, compared with 89% of women who do not have a child during their teen years.3 One-third

of teenage mothers never get a G.E.D. or a diploma.4 Moreover, less than 2% of young teenage mothers attain a college degree by the age of 30.

Thanks to the ACLU, young women  attending the Delhi Charter School will have a chance to complete their education, go on to college.

Even though we all know how Republicans feel about the equality clause, we also know how much value they say they place on the pride of work.  Since education and job opportunities go hand in hand, one would think that Bobby Jhindal and other conservatives would be pleased.  Right?  Ok, maybe that is asking just a bit too much.

When you consider that the GOP is also opposed to sex education, and is pro life until birth, the prospect of them supporting a policy that would solve a problem is too much to ask.



10 Replies to “Thanks to the ACLU, No More Expulsions for Pregnant Students at Louisiana School”

  1. Louisiana? Isn’t this one of the states that discourages sex ed? They then punish the students (girls, of course) for getting pregnant? Amazing…

  2. Actually, in their worldview, forced sex is punishment for having a twat, forced pregnancy is punishment for having had sex, willingly or not, and both forced childbirth and foreclosure of a decent future are punishment for having been pregnant. Then, watching one’s baby pine and die or growing up to be sickly or a criminal is punishment for childbirth. It’s perfect, and it never touches males at all.

  3. I have an extremely difficult time reading beyond the first instance of apostrophe abuse. I quit at number two.

  4. Well, then you should have been able to read the whole article, since there was only one misplaced apostrophe. Really, it seems that you are more aggrieved by improper grammar than by the heinous actions of the religious right.

  5. “rural northeast Louisiana”

    If you put rural in the same sentence with Louisiana, you get a time warp

    This is constitution defender country. But most of them think its a book written recently by Mr Fischer

  6. Sarah, I would advise you to decide why you are here. Do you care about this country or do you want to be a school marm?

  7. It doesn’t surprise me that the school didn’t know that it was a violation of Title IX to expel girls from their school for becoming pregnant. Many Christian schools’ administrators and supporters think that their beliefs are more important any law.

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