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Poorly Defined Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Used to Blame, Criminalize Mothers

The Alaska legislature recently approved a project that will place free pregnancy tests in bar bathrooms as part of a larger campaign to raise awareness about fetal alcohol syndrome. But what is fetal alcohol syndrome, and could this effort possibly help address it?

The Alaska legislature recently approved a project that will place free pregnancy tests in bar bathrooms as part of a larger campaign to raise awareness about fetal alcohol syndrome. But what is fetal alcohol syndrome, and could this effort possibly help address it?

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Disability, Prenatal Testing and the Case for a Moral, Compassionate Abortion

Having an abortion to prevent a child from being born with Down syndrome or another disability can be a positive moral choice. Okay, now let’s go on (assuming you’re not already plotting my demise).

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Kansas to Pregnant Women: “A Little Lie from Your Doctor Won’t Hurt You”

Buried in a sweeping anti-abortion bill is a provision that would immunize a doctor who discovers that a baby will be born with a devastating condition and deliberately withholds that information from his patient. That’s right.

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Sensationalizing Drug Use in Pregnant Women: How the Media Perpetuates Racist and Ineffective Policies

The prosecution of drug use in pregnant women does nothing to fulfill a legitimate policy goal and in fact seems to be racially motivated—at least in the implementation—rather than spurred by a concern for children.

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Texas To Seek Universal Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Screening: Will It Be Used to Further Shame Women?

State health officials in Texas say asking women a few questions can dramatically decrease their alcohol use during pregnancy.

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Roundup: Drinking While Pregnant? Not If You Want Grandchildren

A new study shows that among all the other potential ill effects of alcohol on pregnancy, a woman might hinder her son’s chance at having a family down the road.

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