"… We should watch and we should BE SOBER. For those sleeping, sleep by night; and those BECOMING drunk, get drunk by night. But we being of the day should be BE SOBER…" (1 Thessalonians 5:6-8) Sober – Nepho: "to be free from the influence of intoxicants." (Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words)
The many victims of preventable Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder are outraged by the alcohol industry’s conspiracy of silence and deceit. Australian regulators had planned mandatory pregnancy warnings for 2022. But it was further delayed until 2023 after alcohol industry lobbying. This delay is outrageous and insulting to the victims!
Conspiracy of Silence
Why the further “extended transition period for implementation, from two years to three years”?
“In 2018, DrinkWise, a responsible drinking campaign largely funded by the alcohol industry, distributed a poster to hospitals and GP clinics around the country that said: ‘It’s not known if alcohol is safe to drink when you are pregnant’. This was widely criticised; even the New York Times ran a story.”
“What we’re actually looking at is the destruction of a life, and the law stands for two reasons.
It has an educative role: and it educates the public that the unborn is worthy of protection.
And it also has a protective role: it allows for that woman to stand behind the law and say, ‘You cannot make me do something that is illegal…’
Once we allow anything to be legal – whether it’s gambling, drinking, etc. – it goes higher, it never reduces.”
(Teresa Martin, State President of Cherish Life, regarding abortion in Queensland, Ten Network: The Circle, 16 Nov. 2010)