A Delhi Charter School, in Louisana, has drawn the attention of the ACLU over their pregnancy policy. The policy states that female students that become pregnant may be prevented from attending school, and the school can force students who are “suspected” to be pregnant to take a pregnancy test.
The ACLU sent a letter Monday requesting the school revise its policy or the group will consider further legal action “including filing a lawsuit and or complaint with the appropriate state or federal enforcement agencies.”
Caroline Roemer Shirley, executive director of the Louisiana Association of Charter Schools, of which Delhi Charter is a member, agrees the policy could be problematic.
“The school reserves the right to require any female student to take a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not the suspect student is in fact pregnant,” the policy reads.
The policy also allows the school to refer the student to a physician of its choice. “If the test indicates that the student is pregnant, the student will not be permitted to attend classes on the campus of Delhi Charter School.”
Those pregnant students who wish to continue to attend the school must enroll in a home study course for the remainder of their pregnancy.
Students who refuse to take a pregnancy test are “treated as a pregnant student and will be offered home study opportunities.”
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