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    Question Drinking/smoking while pregnant?

    Hey girls, so another thread in a different board game me the idea to ask this question: should it be illegal for pregnant women to drink or smoke during their pregnancy? Why or why not?

    I don't think anything like this would ever make it into law (or if it's even ever been brought before the courts before) but should it? If a mother chooses to keep her baby but continues to drink and/or smoke during that pregnancy, she definitely poses the risk of damaging the baby somehow... a baby that would have been perfectly healthy if she would have abstained from such behaviors until after she gave birth. I know this can lead into the old abortion debate, as anyone pro-choice believes that the mother has the right to do with her body whatever she pleases, but does that same point of view apply when we're talking about a woman that wants to keep her baby but still does these things?
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    No.

    Sorry, what damage does a woman who has a glass of wine a week do to her fetus?

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    I don't care if wine and smoking was correlated with....well anything. No one has the right to tell a woman what she can and can't do with her body. Period.

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    Pro-life and no, I don't think there should be any more laws about it. Isn't a child automatically evaluated to see if they are harmed by the alcohol an alcoholic mother has consumed? I swear I've read about women losing custody because their child was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. And smoking is terrible while you are pregnant and I have no qualms about judging women who do it, but I'd rather a mother smoke than abort any day.

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    I actually know a woman who was a very heavy smoker when she became pregnant unexpectedly. Her Dr. told her to cut back her smoking as much as she could but not to quit cold turkey because the withdrawal symptoms could cause her to lose the baby. I dont know if this is true or not, but as long as Drs give advice like this I cant imagine it becoming law.

    I also know this woman took alot of flack for her occasional smokes and so I try not to judge what a pregnant woman puts into her body, because you never know what advice she was given, or by who.
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    This was a law and order episode. The mother's first child had FAS. The court on there decided she had to go to rehab and what not. (she had a relapse, went back to court, bla blah bla, everything changed and she stopped drinking)

    I strongly dislike the idea of smoking at all or drink enough to get drunk while pregnant. I don't think it is something that could be made into law though, nor do I think it should be made into law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wlillie View Post
    Pro-life and no, I don't think there should be any more laws about it. Isn't a child automatically evaluated to see if they are harmed by the alcohol an alcoholic mother has consumed? I swear I've read about women losing custody because their child was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. And smoking is terrible while you are pregnant and I have no qualms about judging women who do it, but I'd rather a mother smoke than abort any day.
    This is a very interesting point of view. I have never thought of it this way before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lil96 View Post

    I strongly dislike the idea of smoking at all or drink enough to get drunk while pregnant. I don't think it is something that could be made into law though, nor do I think it should be made into law.
    This is how I feel too. I'm sure you could present me with a situation that would make me wish it was illegal in that case, but the bottom line for me is that I don't think it should be a law, even when it's an awful choice that FEELS criminal to me. (And I'm not talking about a glass of wine or a smoke every couple of weeks.)

    But we need to have legal rights to our own bodies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ftmom View Post
    I actually know a woman who was a very heavy smoker when she became pregnant unexpectedly. Her Dr. told her to cut back her smoking as much as she could but not to quit cold turkey because the withdrawal symptoms could cause her to lose the baby. I dont know if this is true or not, but as long as Drs give advice like this I cant imagine it becoming law.

    I also know this woman took alot of flack for her occasional smokes and so I try not to judge what a pregnant woman puts into her body, because you never know what advice she was given, or by who.
    IME, women say that when they don't WANT to quit and not because their doctors actually say that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emilys4Guppies View Post
    IME, women say that when they don't WANT to quit and not because their doctors actually say that.
    I've always had that suspicion but I have no real knowledge of what nicotine withdrawals can do to a pregnant woman and her fetus. I'll admit, it bothers me deeply to see a pregnant woman smoke. It also bothers me to see anyone smoke in the presence of children. I just picture those fragile little lungs inhaling the toxins and I cringe.

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