It's cheaper than sex education

Why do we need to place more focus on high schools in the atheism movement?  Because neither collegiates or adults have to put up with shit like this.

One Louisiana public school’s no-nonsense approach to preventing teen pregnancy is “in blatant violation of federal law and the U.S. Constitution,” the American Civil Liberties Union says.

According to Delhi Charter School policy, students “suspected” of being pregnant are required to take a pregnancy test. If the test proves positive, or if a student declines to take the test, she’ll no longer be permitted to take classes on campus and must either transfer to another school or begin a home school program.

Teen pregnancy?  Let’s make her life more difficult (and don’t forget to call it “help”).

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • kagekiri

    Of course it’s “help.” They’re “helping” reduce the rate of teen pregnancies by making teen pregnancy even more difficult, and thus scarier!

    Teens obviously only have sex after careful consideration of the consequences, so increased consequences will somehow magically tip those scales!


    Jesus damned-god Christ, these people are idiots.

    If threatening followers with hell, literally the biggest stick you can pretend to wield, isn’t enough to stop people from committing even the simplest to avoid sins (like using God’s name in vain, or calling people idiots), how can you expect expulsion to turn hormonal teens off of sex?

  • machintelligence

    I think this should be “balanced” with random drug and alcohol tests for the teachers and administrators. Let them see how the shoe pinches when it is on the other foot.

  • Tony •King of the Hellmouth•

    Notice how they’re only punishing the girls…

  • Yui Daoren

    Another school district gonna waste money on an untenable lawsuit? yay.

  • Rory

    One interesting response I saw to this points out that in LA, the age of marital consent with parent permission is 16. Putting aside how terrifyingly backward that sounds, one wonders if this school would be willing to forcibly test and then expel a married student who became pregnant, particularly given their (likely) position on contraception.

  • Ray
  • John Horstman

    Pregnancy is a protected category under civil rights legislation. There’s no way this survives its first court challenge. That said, it’s still awful, and a waste of public monies in exactly the same way as schools putting up and then defending prayer banners is a waste. Maybe they thought, somehow, no one would notice? They still don’t seem to understand how magnets work, let alone The Internet.