Big Alcohol delays pregnancy warning labels about alcohol

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”?

https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/senator-the-hon-richard-colbeck/media/pregnancy-warning-labels-for-alcoholic-beverages

Deceit

“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.”

https://fare.org.au/despite-industry-objections-alcohol-and-pregnancy-warnings-will-be-mandatory-in-australia-and-new-zealand/

Teresa Martin: You cannot make me do something that is illegal

“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)

EVEN ONE DRINK risks the health of an unborn baby – American Academy of Pediatrics & NOFAS

‘Even One Drink’

Woman gasping with hand over her mouth

‘There is no safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Even one drink risks the health of an unborn baby.’ ‘Pregnant? Don’t Drink. Period.’

American Academy of Pediatrics, 2004, adapted from materials provided by the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, http://www.aap.org/advocacy/chm98fet.htm

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Fathers-to-be stop using alcohol AT LEAST THREE MONTHS BEFORE

Father holding newborn child

‘The drugs in a man’s system may lead to lower birth weight, birth defects or serious illnesses for the child after birth.’

baby's hand over parent's hand

‘Men are advised to stop using alcohol and other drugs at least three months before attempting fertilization.’

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, 1999, ‘Paternal Contribution to Birth Defects’, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Information Sheet, http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dada/fas/fas.htm

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