New Statesman | Blood alcohol tests in pregnancy: what do women lose when their bodies are scrutinised like this?

I can understand pretty much all the argument from all sides of the debate on this one, but there’s one major issue here that’s been missed. I’m betting that a lot of pregnancies start with both parties being extremely drunk, and then a green light doesn’t suddenly appear out of no where to say “you’re pregnant!”, so again, I’d guess that most pregnancies would go unknown for at least a couple of months. Yes ideally if you’re pregnant then you’ve not only got your health to consider but the health of the foetus, assuming you plan to carry on to full term with the pregnancy. Guiltripping someone who’s pregnant really isn’t a sensible idea though is it. It’s a time when your body is going through all kinds of changes and you might not know whether you’re coming or going half the time, so I think something called “common sense” (a valuable and rare commodity in 21st century Britain it seems) comes into play. Of course you shouldn’t be downing jaeger bombs like they’re smarties, and of course you should try to stop smoking or at least cut down. These aren’t urgent issues we need warning about because we already (or should) know these things.

For the author of the piece Sarah Dittim, I’m trans, so never going to be pregnant, I’ve also had a heart attack 2 years ago. Before I could get practically any NHS treatment for being trans I had 2 see countless shrinks and doctors and nurses, just to make sure I was “of sane mind”. They don’t seem to think that if you’re looking for the help you need, you’ve already gone over most of the arguments in your head yourself. Because of my heart attack, I’m supposed to drink less, and because of the amount of mess I’m on, when I do drink the effect is multiplied it appears, so I get drunk easier and quicker, which makes for a cheaper night out, but we all know the dangers of too much drink, I know that I’m now at increased health risk, but I have the information so I can make the choice myself.

Fwiw, I hate abortion, hate it with every fibre of my being, but while there’s still reasons for women to seek abortions, we still need it to be an option, or in other simpler words, I’m pro-choice.

Sarah Ditum


When women are increasingly scrutinised and shamed for the way they tend to actual or potential foetuses within them, it is not paranoid at all to feel this legislation as the cold hand of a threat laid on women’s backs.

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