While some say a little in moderation is okay, most in the medical profession agree that by and large drinking alcohol while pregnant is potentially dangerous to a baby's health. So we might as well just go ahead and ban pregnant women from even buying alcohol, right?
That's what lawmakers in South Africa want to do. According to IOL News, draft legislation of the Gauteng Liquor Bill would include a ban on selling alcohol to "minors, anyone wearing a school uniform, anyone who 'reasonably appears to be intoxicated', or pregnant women."
It's outrageous in so many ways, it's hard to know where to begin.
First of all, how insulting and sexist can you get? To imply that pregnant women can't be trusted to make decisions for themselves and their babies is contemptible. Some don't make the best choices, sure, but that doesn't mean that all pregnant women should be viewed with suspicion. What about those buying it for spouses or as a hostess gift on the way to a dinner party? Sorry, no wine for you? And the fact remains it's not illegal for pregnant women to drink alcohol -- it is still a personal choice ... or should be.
Then there's the huge problem of how exactly does one identify a pregnant woman? There's so much room for error here, it's not even funny. Just wait for the lawsuits when some pudgy lady sues after being denied alcohol because someone thought she was pregnant.
And what's next? Should they also ban pregnant women from buying potato chips and donuts? We know those aren't necessarily good for the baby. Maybe there should be a ban on brie and soft-cheeses and perhaps even deli meat because pregnant women really can't be trusted to heat it until it's steaming hot.
The intent is good -- to protect unborn children from the ill effects of alcohol -- but the execution is so awful it would be funny if it wasn't so infuriating that anyone could think it's a valid idea.
What do you think of a ban on selling pregnant women alcohol?
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