If you’re facing an unexpected pregnancy and still in high school, it’s essential to know that you have rights—and you can succeed academically, no matter what pregnancy decision you make.

Read on to learn more about your rights as a pregnant student and the resources available to help you succeed. Or, if you want to talk to someone in person about your pregnancy, contact Bright Hope Pregnancy Support Centers to connect with one of our licensed medical team members.

You Have Rights

If you are pregnant and a student in a federally funded school, you have rights protected by Title IX, a federal civil rights law prohibiting discrimination. 

According to Title IX, your school must do the following:

  • Allow you to continue participating in classes or extracurricular activities
  • Give you reasonable accommodations, like a larger desk, elevator access, frequent restroom trips, etc.
  • Excuse pregnancy-related absences and allow you to return with the same academic standing as before you left
  • Protect you from harassment

Talking to your school counselor or other administrative leader about your pregnancy is critical. This will ensure they know your situation and that you receive the services and accommodations you need to succeed. 

You Can Succeed

Along with your federally protected rights, there are resources that are available to help you succeed in school while pregnant. You can receive the assistance you need to continue your education.  

Bright Hope Pregnancy Support Centers offers free support services, ultrasounds, resources, and information to help you feel supported and empowered to succeed in school while pregnant and beyond.

Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment and learn more. Facing an unexpected pregnancy while still in high school can feel scary. You’re not alone. We’re here for you.