Alcohol during Pregnancy, FAS, and Sterilization

I came across a rather interesting article earlier today, and have spent a fair amount of time pondering it.  I am pro-choice.  Not because I think that abortion is a great thing or a means of birth control, but because I believe that our bodies are our own sovereign territory.  No one has the right to tell us what we can do with our bodies.  (I’m not interested in opening a debate on abortion.  So let’s not go there.)

Of course, alcohol during pregnancy can open up a whole other can of worms.  It’s common knowledge that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause a baby to be born with fetal alcohol syndrome.  Of course, how much alcohol during pregnancy will cause fetal alcohol syndrome is of debate.  The North American standard seems to be “we don’t know how much it takes, so let’s just be safe and don’t have any alcohol at all during pregnancy.” [Read more…]