"Despite intense research efforts, it has not been possible to identify a single clear-cut mechanism for development of FAS or FASD. On the contrary, clinical and animal studies have identified a broad spectrum of pathways through which maternal alcohol can negatively affect the outcome of a pregnancy. Clear conclusions with universal validity are difficult to draw, since different ethnic groups show considerable genetic polymorphism for the hepatic enzymes responsible for ethanol detoxification."
If we give the right to a person to take legal action against its mother for actions taken during pregnancy where will the line be drawn, will it open a precedent for damages other than FAS?
Damages due to birth choices.
Listeria due to high risk food intake.
Damages due to "high risk" activities.
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I meant treatment for the child.
Here's another one. There's a virus (will find what it's called later, getting ready for work atm) which, when contracted during pregnancy, causes about half of all hearing loss for newborns. Washing hands regularly etc. could significantly reduce this. Shall we charge mothers for knowingly not washing their hands?
I know it's a bit different, but I guess the point is, there are SO many things that a pregnant mother can do that COULD harm her baby. None of it's clear cut, although there are degrees.
But you would have to be an idiot to not know that getting totally drunk while pregnant is going to cause your baby damage. If you do something which you know is going to seriously damage your baby but do it anyway then you deserve to be punished.
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