Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Some Athletes Choose Abortion Over Losing a Scholarship

This is horrible. Is this the country that we've become, the land of the free?
What does this say about the real price that is being paid by athletes (females, obviously) to play for the NCAA?

From AOL Sports:

A report on ESPN's Outside the Lines this morning contains news that could generate some major controversy regarding NCAA policies with respect to female athletes. According to the report, some schools have written policies saying any student-athlete who becomes pregnant will lose her athletic scholarship, and that many athletes have abortions because they don't want to lose their scholarships.

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  1. I saw this on ESPN yesterday afternoon. As a female who played sports in high school, I think this is really sad. One young woman that they interviewed said that she had found out that she was pregnant and she was worried because of the contract that she signed that she would get kicked off the team & lose her full scholarship. She went to an administrator for advice & the admin. basically told her that she should think about how she'd lose her scholarship & her career would be over. (The girl wanted to be in the Olympics) The girl ended up having the abortion. But they interviewed a UCLA student who said that she found out that she was pregnant, the coaches supported her & she did have to sign any kind of contract. She kept her place on the team, kept her scholarship & after she had the baby, re-joined the team. To me this shows that its basically up to the coaches & sports department. The report also spoke about how there is no NCAA policies regarding women who get in these situations.

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