By: Julie Cush (BBC News), December 31, 2013
Accessed on: January 6, 2014
Commentary by: Krystal Glowatski
While Canada gears up to pilot an initiative where pregnancy test dispensers are installed in bar washrooms, it seems the UK is getting ready to experiment with this program as well. The article articulates how pregnant women are bombarded with advice during pregnancy – and this is undoubtedly true. However, the author also suggests that if you know you’re pregnant, why take the risk of harming your baby.
This back and forth reasoning in the FASD debates is nothing new. Although, it is interesting that social awareness is moving forward despite criticism of ‘FASD’ in general in the UK in the past several years. In June 2007, ‘PulseNews’ published an article stating the BMA was drawing a hardline on drinking during pregnancy, that there should be absolutely NO drinking while pregnant. Dr. Trefor Roscoe stated in the article, “How far down the road of nannying are we going to go? If alcohol really was that dangerous in pregnancy it would have been obvious years ago. I doubt this was drawn up by GPs as GPs live in the real world.” Moreover, in the past few years, various studies have been coming out of the UK and Denmark stating alcohol during pregnancy is not that harmful – which has produced a controversy all it’s own.
Here we are in 2014, putting pregnancy tests in public washrooms. Are we moving towards an “FASD moral panic” or a new era of awareness and prevention?