This weeks topic is on pregnancy and education, specifically:
There is a charter school in Louisianan that requires students suspected of being pregnant to take a pregnancy test. If the student refuses, or test positive they have to be home schooled. Here is a link to one of many articles about this controversy.
You may be wondering if they can do that. In legal terms the answer is, NO. In fact this policy is in complete violation of the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. According to Title IX and its regulations schools cannot exclude any student from an education program or activity, “including any class or extracurricular activity, on the basis of such student’s pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy or recovery therefrom.” The fact that not one of the families who send their girls to this school has uttered a peep about this is surprising to me. But, it is a clear violation of the law.
If I understand what one of the Republican Politicians said,"women are pregnant before the conceive," all girls of childbearing age are pregnant. As such, no girls can receive a public education in Delhi, LA. Interesting way to control your education costs.
Ultimately, our country is at a crossroads. We have a VERY conservative christian right that wants to impose their morality on everyone. Situations like this are just examples of how that extremest group has started to infiltrate our culture. I feel like this needs to stop.
Let me go back to the reason folks jumped on boats and cruised out of England, it was for religious persecution. The dudes that founded the country wanted to be able to practice their religion anyway they wanted. The constitution says there is no national religion. This country supports the idea that your path to G-d is just that, your path. So, why do these right wing Christian politicians want to change that? You go be conservative on your own time, and I will be over here having abortions and a pregnant teen OK?
I need government to STOP telling me how to live my life. Leave these kids alone.
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