In Monroe, Louisiana, a tax-funded charter school has gone back to 1955. The ACLU demands that it come back to the future.
The school expels pregnant girls.
This is sexual discrimination, the ACLU says. Boys can’t get pregnant, so the school has violated a 1972 law, the ACLU says.
“Teenage girls should not be penalized for copulating,” the ACLU says. “Not unless boys are. No more double standard. Girls get caught. Boys don’t. Every student has the right to copulate without any discrimination whatsoever. This has been the ACLU’s official position ever since 1972. This has been its unofficial position ever since 1920.”
OK, I made that up. But it gets to the point.
The ACLU has sent a letter demanding that the school revise its policy or face legal action.
The school thinks it’s still 1955. It seeks “to maintain an environment where students will learn and exhibit acceptable character traits that govern language, gesture, physical actions and written words.”
The school reserves the right to have the girl undergo a pregnancy test. “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.”
Pregnant girls must study at home.
Or get an abortion.The school’s guidebook does not say this, but that is the implication.
OK, it’s really not 1955 any more.
“They’re punishing girls for making the choice to have the child,” Marjorie Esman, executive director of the ACLU of Louisiana said Monday.
All of a sudden, the ACLU makes sense.That really is what the school is doing. There is no official school penalty if she gets an abortion.
Still, I don’t think Congress had the following in mind, not that it matters in the courts what Congress has in mind when it passes a bill.
The letter from the ACLU contends that the policy violates Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 because it excludes students from educational programs and activities based on sex and the equal protection clause because it treats female students differently than male students and relies on impermissible sexual stereotypes.
Esman said the policy is a pretext for sexual discrimination.
Our legal system needs a pregnancy test. I think I know what the courts have been doing to it, but I need proof.