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article imageDrinking during pregnancy could be made illegal in the UK

By Owen Weldon     Nov 5, 2014 in Lifestyle
Depending on the outcome of a current case invovling a woman who drank while pregnant, drinking during pregnancy could become a crime in the United Kingdom
According to ITV, in the North West of England, a council is seeking criminal compensation after a six-year-old girl was left with growth problems. The problems were caused because her mother drank during pregnancy.
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) and Birthright, said if the Court of Appeal agrees that the woman committed a crime, then it could pave the way for pregnant women's behavior to be criminalized.
According to Telegraph, the child, who was not named and who lives with foster parents, was diagnosed with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome at birth, which is a condition that can cause facial deformities and can cause poor memory or short attention span.
A hearing took place, but the court is going to take some time to consider its decision, according to Yahoo.
The court was told how the mother was drinking a lot of alcohol while pregnant, and this included half-bottle of vodka and eight cans of lager per day.
The legal challenged was asked to be dropped by Ben Collins, who appeared for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). He told the court that there is a conflict of ideas about what's dangerous and what isn't, only in terms if drinking, but also when it comes to food and smoking.
Collins asked the court if a pregnant woman eats cheese that isn't pasteurized or a soft boiled egg knowing that it could give rise to a risk of harm to the child, then would she find herself being accused of a crime.
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