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Should we play the rights card? Criminalising alcohol consumption while pregnant

Graphic sourced from the 'Drinking Diaries' blog:

Graphic sourced from the ‘Drinking Diaries’ blog:

By Mhairi Cowden

Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

A recent study, undertaken by the Lililwan Project, found that 50% of 8 year old aboriginal children  attending school in the Fitzroy Valley have signs of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD is more widespread than many imagine. It is referred to as an ‘invisible disability’ as it often goes undetected. In order to address this, the Northern Territory Government is currently considering a proposal to introduce legislation allowing criminal prosecutions of pregnant women for drinking. Continue Reading →