Abortions and Drinking: Scare Tactics Lead to Abortions
The Sun-News in Australia reported on scare tactics used to discourage drinking during pregnancy. Experts warned that such tactics can lead women to have abortions. Abortions and drinking alcohol is a serious problem.
Scare tactics were abandoned in the Province of Quebec in Canada. That was after medical authorities realized an unintended result. Many women had taken a drink before they knew they were pregnant. This led a number of them to have abortions out of fear.
Dr. Debra Kennedy is director of the MotherSafe Centre at Sydney’s Royal Hospital for Women. She reports there is no evidence that drinking a little while pregnant could cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). She says that about half of pregnancies are unplanned. So many women will have had alcohol in moderation before knowing they’re pregnant.
Australian guidelines recommend that pregnant women have no more than seven drinks per week. And no more than two in a day. Dr. Kennedy says these are reasonable and safe standards.
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