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University Of Alaska putting pregnancy tests in bars

Univ. Of Alaska Putting Pregnancy Tests In Bars


When stopping the rise of a disorder, it's often best to go to the source, and that's exactly what one university plans on doing. HLN says:

"The University of Alaska is putting pregnancy tests in the bathrooms of 20 bars and restaurants across that state. Did you know that Alaska has the highest rate of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in the country?"

According to the Mayo Clinic, there is no known amount of alcohol safe to consume while pregnant.

The disorder causes brain damage and physical defects including joint deformities, smaller sized hearts, poor memory and attention, and social problems related to an impaired ability to identify consequences.

The state has had a long history of trying to combat, what has been called by doctors, one of the most preventable causes of birth defects.

The disorder has been especially prevalent in the state's Native American population. Between 1996 and 1998 the native population experienced 63.1 cases per 10,000 live births. By 2002 that figure had dropped to 32.4, but the state, as a whole, still averaged 6.1 cases--a figure much higher than the national average according to the State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin.

The University of Alaska's two year, $400,000 study was originally proposed by Republican senator Pete Kelly.

The University Herald reported that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder prevention messages and kits with the pregnancy tests will be on display in three cities and rural areas. In other cities, the prevention messages will be on display without the kits.

Many involved with the project admit convincing a woman to take a pregnancy test during a night out may be a challenge.

Jody Allen Crowe, who started a similar organization in Minnesota, told The Anchorage Daily News, "This is not a strategy for the chronic alcoholic who is drinking regardless of whatever message they see. This is really focused on the 50 percent of unexpected pregnancies, to find out they are pregnant as early as possible."

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jerry June 17 2014 at 7:56 AM

Wow get drunk, have sex , test for pregnancy. Ain''t the new America under the dems beautiful!

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Joseph Leslie June 16 2014 at 9:42 PM

That explains Sarah Palin!

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ectullis June 17 2014 at 7:33 AM

What about the other 56 states?

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IBruzEZ June 17 2014 at 8:01 AM

Idiots in bars.... do you really think they are going to worry about being pregnant? NOT.!!

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Twisted IBruzEZ June 17 2014 at 11:29 AM

Nope, idiots in bars generally tend to be Democrats so they use abortion as birth control...

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stevenjonessales IBruzEZ June 17 2014 at 2:13 PM

Really twisted. So then the republicans are hitting the glass dick with meth.

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mo524 stevenjonessales June 17 2014 at 5:37 PM

Every meth head I know is a conservative so yep that is what they do.

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zzyxx stevenjonessales June 18 2014 at 1:22 AM

cackle...cackle....cackle!!! (hillary)

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killjoy June 17 2014 at 8:37 AM

They seem to be posturing as if they believe fetal alcohol syndrome is on the rise because "women have suddenly lost the ability to know when they're pregnant", and therefor continuing to drink freely/without self-imposed restrictions. I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that "not knowing you're pregnant" has little to nothing to do with the new rise in fetal alcohol syndrome.
Could it really be that women used to know when they were pregnant, but now they need pregnancy tests in bars to figure it out? THAT'S the reason women are now drinking while pregnant?!
The stats suggest we're not as wise as we once were. Our reaction to those stats prove that we aren't.
Hey! They should pass a law that's requires the embedding of electronic hormone-detecting pregnancy tests into all new doorknobs sold. As you casually walk through doors all day, the handles discreetly update you as to whether or not you're pregnant. Because 20+ updates per day would mean even less fetal alcohol syndrome!

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hanlon1212 June 17 2014 at 12:15 AM

Palin's daughter must have gotten out again.

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zzyxx hanlon1212 June 18 2014 at 1:22 AM

keep your day job!

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sindfetish June 17 2014 at 7:41 AM

Next to the "tickler' machines? Great idea Nannook !

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stevenjonessales sindfetish June 17 2014 at 2:14 PM

Smell Nanook. Huhh? Smell

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Dude stevenjonessales June 17 2014 at 6:38 PM

Smell like booze.

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Charlie June 17 2014 at 11:13 AM

This can't be true... Alaska is a RED state and the HOME of the far right mouth Sara.

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d1anaw Charlie June 17 2014 at 2:47 PM

Well she's "furious" with them now, remember?

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KATHI AND JOHN June 17 2014 at 10:26 AM

it may make them think first...........that's the point

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Rick Sprowl KATHI AND JOHN June 17 2014 at 1:31 PM

Exactly, and I might note that most of the other post on this subject are by people who's mothers continued to drink while pregnant

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melvnr Rick Sprowl June 17 2014 at 3:26 PM

Rick - Very witty zinger (big smile)

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bucks0818 June 17 2014 at 10:27 AM

Can people do any more to promote drinking? Can't people take the test at home, Makes sence to me, Alaska, Sarah Palin country, Duh

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