Make something illegal = people doing it anyway and trying to cover up their behaviour
Educating about the dangers and providing access to non-judgemental and affordable support = people might actually seek help
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I'm kind of conflicted on this one. Whilst it is obviously very detrimental and plain irresponsible to consume a large amount of alcohol (and other harmful substances) whilst pregnant, I also don't like the idea of certain restrictions being placed upon pregnant women, when the majority are responsible towards their consumption and weigh up the risks. Like someone else said, it's a very slippery slope. I also think that it should be treated as a mental health issue (for excessive consumption) rather than a criminal offense. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely despise seeing pregnant women who show no regard towards doing the right thing for the health of their unborn child, but I do think that for those who are that way inclined, or have serious addiction issues, they really need support, education, and access to treatment options rather than punishment.
Last edited by ~ElectricPink~; 07-11-2014 at 18:03.
It's way too hard to police - and to be honest I'm getting really tired of living in a society who's answer to any social issue is "make it illegal".
Why not make drinking illegal full stop? It's not just harmful to unborn children. Ditto to smoking. While we're at it, maybe playgrounds should be illegal - kids hurt themselves there all the time.
Honestly as adults we should be given the opportunity to make informed decisions - and when those decisions made aren't great and affect other people we suffer the consequences or in cases like this should be given support to find the right choices.
Bah! It just annoys me - the whole "nanny state" thing.
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Sure they should be provided with recourses never said they shouldn't???
Great idea!! We should do that with drugs as well, make them illegal and no one will take them. Oh, wait...
Why is society so eager to police women's bodies? The vast majority of us manage to provide a healthy womb for our unborn babies.
Drinking alcohol including excessive/binge drinking is normalised in this country (and equally in the UK for that matter) - how about we take steps to 'de-normalise' it?
It's predominantly men who cause grief from drunken violence/anti-social behaviour and drink-driving but why aren't we considering legislating against men drinking??? How many assaults and car accidents would be prevented if men between 18-35 couldn't drink alcohol?
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If a pregnant woman gets blotto then I think she should damn well be held criminally liable for any damage to the baby. I have an acquaintance that used to drink heavy liquor when pregggers and her child has a range of problems ... Is an absolute handfull with shocking behavioral issues. It's a case of she is now reaping what she has sewed but that poor kid didn't ask for that life.
As for one or two standard sized drinks every now and then. I wouldn't do it but I also wouldn't send in the police on that one.
It would be a hard thing to police bit I don't think that should deter any law from being implemented. At the least if a doctor says a baby has fetal alcohol syndrome then rah should be enough to go on. It doesn't need to be a slippery slope if the legislation is drafted correctly.
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