British women among worst for drinking while pregnant

We covered the issue of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome in our 2015 general election manifesto (pp.7,8). Our proposal:

The government should introduce legislation to prosecute women who have given birth to babies with FAS with inflicting GBH, and if found guilty, give them custodial sentences in line with CPS guidance, 9 – 16 years.

I was interested to read a piece on FAS in today’s Times. The start:

British women are more likely to drink alcohol while pregnant than mothers-to-be in most other countries in the world, a study has found.

The UK has one of the highest rates of foetal alcohol syndrome, the leading known cause of non-genetic intellectual disability in the western world, [my emphasis] researchers say. The condition is caused by exposure to alcohol in the womb.

Needless to say, nowhere in the piece – by a female journalist – is any blame attributed to women. As with mental incapacitation caused to foetuses by pregnant women who smoke – something we’ll cover in our next manifesto – the problem is cast in terms of a ‘lack of awareness’ of the risks. Seriously, can any pregnant women not be aware of the dangers to their foetuses of drinking alcohol and/or smoking after their first engagements with the health services, if they’re not already aware of the issues before then?

From later in the piece:

The NHS no longer collects official figures on drinking during pregnancy, but in 2010 found the rate of drinking during pregnancy was 40 per cent.

The bottom line? The state is so disinterested in the damage wrought on the unborn by women who drink alcohol and/or smoke during pegnancy, it doesn’t even bother to gather data on the extent of the problem.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • Groan

    Not collecting the data is a scandal. It was because it is/was a major public health concern. It would be easy enough to do. So not doing it does look like not wanting to collect the data for fear of finding the truth.

  • Slowcoach

    I suspect it may not be so much a case of the state being “disintrested” as of it deliberately covering up.

    It does not wish to assign responsibility or blame to a protected and favoured group. I am mildly surprised it has not, to the best of my knowlege, attempted to place blame ‘elsewhere’.
    Perhaps because that would only serve to further highlight a situation it would rather keep quiet about.

    Saying nothing is a form of lying too..

  • Marty

    well if women can’t be held responsible for having sex while drunk, why are they responsible for murdering someone while drunk ? Either we apply this logic to all situations or none. What kind of nonsense are we men tolerating and thus propagating on ‘gentlemen’s grounds ? isn’t it about time we woke up from this slumber and start treating women according to what they actually deserve? It is the gentlemen’s fault, 100%. Women are only taking what we idiots put up with.

  • Vasubandhu

    Thanks for this Mike. By the way, do you comment BTL on Times articles to let their readers know J4MB’s point of view?

    • Mike Buchanan

      Hi V. I do a little BTL commenting but there aren’t the hours in the day to do as much as I’d like.