Originally Posted by savafan
Working with a 35 year old man who has fetal alcohol syndrome, I would definately be a proponent of arresting a woman who drinks while pregnant. This individual I work with stands 5'4" and weighs 60 pounds. He looks elvish, and can't carry on a coherent conversation. I am constantly having to monitor his behavior in public restrooms, because he cannot comprehend what is appropriate behavior, and in public he is seemingly wanting to hug and touch every pretty girl he sees. He has no ability to manage money, and cannot be counted on to work a job. He rambles and shouts out curse words at inappropriate times and places. His life consists of watching TV, listening to the radio and playing with toys that were made for children ages 3-5. He gets angry and frustrated for no apparent reason, and oftentimes his thoughts only turn to radio, television, or inappropriate sexual topics. He cannot drive himself anywhere, and must count on others to take care of his most basic needs while being supported by your money through social security, medicare and medicaid. Oh yeah, his biological mother left him at the hospital and he was finally adopted at the age of ten into a caring family, but his adoptive parents have now both passed away.
SF, I can certainly see your point...I knew a classmate of mine in school whose brother had FAS. It was an ugly thing to see, to be sure.
But, again, where do you draw the line? I mean, there are always going to be things that mothers-to-be could do to harm their unborn children, whether intentional or not. I just don't know that you can legislate such things. The fact is, parents have a responsibility to bring children into this world and to raise them. When they screw this up, the kids do suffer. Is this fair for the children? No, of course not. But some things are just difficult - if not impossible - for the government to legislate.