Abortion Activists Claim Laws Punishing Pregnant Women for Drinking Alcohol are Sexist

Opinion   |   Rebecca Downs   |   Aug 4, 2017   |   6:17PM   |   Washington, DC

Abortion advocates continue to hit bizarre new lows. In an August 2 column for the “Mothership” section of Refinery 29, Kimberly Truong writes about the apparent “Sexist Truth Behind Pregnancy Drinking Laws.”

Most medical professionals advise against pregnant women drinking alcohol during pregnancy, smoking, or doing drugs as it can cause harm to the baby in utero and after birth. Truong, however, ties states which have laws in place against pregnant women drinking with pro-life laws.

Truong points to a study published this month in the Alcohol and Alcoholism journal, titled “Forty Years of State Alcohol and Pregnancy Policies in the USA: Best Practices for Public Health or Efforts to Restrict Women’s Reproductive Rights?”

The lead researcher, Sarah C. M. Roberts may sound familiar, as she was also responsible for biased studies, which were thoroughly denounced and debunked, claiming women do not regret their abortions and that they are sure of them.

Despite Truong and Roberts having made their views obvious, the study’s abstract concedes that “[l]ittle is known about how state policies have evolved and whether policies represent public health goals or efforts to restrict women’s reproductive rights.”

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Here’s how Truong explains how the study backs up her points:

For instance, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, which all had punitive alcohol policies as of 2013, also had mandatory counseling and waiting periods for anyone seeking abortions, and abortions were (and still are) banned after 20 weeks in each of those states. This is what lead researchers to question whether the drinking regulations were actually written with harm-reduction and safety in mind.

Abortion advocates are clearly focused on how pro-life laws can have no other motivation in mind than to punish women. These advocates have long denied the evidence that shows how abortion is unsafe for the unborn child as well as the mother, but it’s just as, if not more obvious, how alcohol can affect babies.

Here’s what the Mayo Clinic has to say about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, with added emphasis:

Fetal alcohol syndrome is a condition in a child that results from alcohol exposure during the mother’s pregnancy. Fetal alcohol syndrome causes brain damage and growth problems. The problems caused by fetal alcohol syndrome vary from child to child, but defects caused by fetal alcohol syndrome are not reversible.

There is no amount of alcohol that’s known to be safe to consume during pregnancy. If you drink during pregnancy, you place your baby at risk of fetal alcohol syndrome.

Outlets known for not being pro-life, including The Guardian, The Washington Post, and TIME have also written articles warning about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, based on the experiences of those who were born and have suffered from it.

Even abortion giant Planned Parenthood recommends women follow their doctor’s advice about drinking, smoking, and drugs. Refinery 29, however, has published several articles, both in the United States and the United Kingdom, claiming it is “overblown.” Truong does concede that “heavy drinking isn’t safe during pregnancy,” but suggest women could have a glass of wine, which many doctors still don’t recommend.

If possible, Truong and her ilk have shown themselves to be even more extreme than the nation’s abortion giant. These abortion advocates will stop at nothing to denounce pro-life laws, even if it means babies continue to suffer once they’re born, and their mothers suffer from their alcohol and drug use as well.