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ACLU director: Louisiana school's policy forcing pregnant girls to leave is 'absolutely illegal'

A charter school in Louisiana is reviewing a controversial policy that forces pregnant teens to leave the school.

Delhi Charter School requires students suspected of being pregnant to take a test, and if they are pregnant, they cannot attend classes on campus. If a student refuses the test, they'll be treated as if they are pregnant, and faced with the same consequences.

The ACLU is threatening to sue over the policy, saying that it violates a number of constitutional rights.

In a statement, the school says it's rethinking the rule and has forwarded the current policy to a law firm to "ensure necessary revisions are made" so that the school is in full compliance with constitutional law.

"We are pleased they are looking into the policy. It's blatantly illegal," ACLU deputy director Louise Melling says on Starting Point today. "You can't force girls who are pregnant out of school any more than you can force women out of the workplace because they are pregnant. So what a correct policy would entail is that girls have a right to equal education, the same as everybody else, whether they are pregnant or not. They can't be pushed out of the classroom."

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