From Alternet, an article about athletes and pregnancy:
Darnellia gave birth to her daughter Trekayla in December 2002. When she tried to return to the team as a senior, she had too few academic credits to play because of missed school during her pregnancy. She made up the credits, yet still was denied eligibility under Washington state rules that govern high school athletics — her pregnancy was not a “hardship,” a designation that would allow her to make up the credits and qualify. Darnellia had hoped, through an athletic scholarship, to fulfill her dream of becoming the first in her family to go to college. She had letters of interest from a number of schools before she got pregnant. After the baby the interest pretty much disappeared, and with it, Darnellia’s dreams of a college education and maybe even the WNBA.
Women’s basketball has come a long way since the first game at Smith College on March 21, 1893 — with a major boost from Title IX passage in 1972. It’s no news flash that young women accidentally get pregnant, and Title IX regulations would seem to offer students some protection. They state that recipients of federal funds “must treat disabilities related to pregnancy the same way as any other temporary disability in any medical or hospital benefit, service, plan or policy which they offer to students. … Following this leave, the student must be reinstated to her original status.”
Yet no uniform policy at either the school or professional level protects a pregnant athlete’s rights. The resulting insecurity, especially for athletes on scholarship, can cause women to hide their pregnancies or have abortions. Of course, the guys who get women pregnant suffer no repercussions, financial or otherwise.
So it caused her to miss school such that she had too few credits, but it wasn’t a “hardship” because…? Can anyone help me figure out why this woman’s pregnancy didn’t qualify for accomodation? Why she was punished rather than assisted, and refused the opportunity to come back to the game? I’m stumped. And did you catch the part at the end about how these rules might keep female athletes from taking adequate care of themselves, and might even pressure them into abortion?