While some NCAA schools allow the athlete to keep her athletic scholarship if she becomes pregnant, other schools revoke all scholarship privileges, forcing athletes into painful situations. Such instances have led NCAA officials to review their guidelines amid reports of scholarship loss.
In April, Cassandra Harding, a member of the University of Memphis track team, told The Associated Press she lost her scholarship after becoming pregnant. In May, a Clemson athlete told ESPN she had an abortion to stay in school.
Harding and other female students at the University of Memphis and Clemson contend they had to sign documents acknowledging scholarships could be lost because of pregnancy.
But the Clemson athlete who aborted her pregnancy is not alone, and pregnancy among athletes occurs more often than people may realize. Riggins said she has met several other athletes who aborted their pregnancies for fear of losing their scholarships.