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If you'd like to see the difference, please feel free to visit a hospital near you that treats these new borns. There will be none there because mom drank a pot of coffee a day, or took a few sleeping pills or nyquils while pregnant.

She works primarily with "crack" babies (generically used for cocaine, heroin, oxycontin). Those would be the infants born to great agony, stress, pain, and not just underdeveloped due to the use of drugs throughout pregnancy, but developed in the wrong way.

I don't think it's productive to equate a very real issue with drinking coffee. It's grotesque hyperbole that only intends to avoid a very real problem, addicts who continually use hard drugs, either illegal or illegally used, during pregnancy.


Really? My understanding was that "crack babies" were mostly a fiction; a media-creation meant to fuel moral outrage rather than to describe any actual segment of the population. Kind of like welfare queens and such.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/27/health/27coca.html?pagewan...

Cocaine is undoubtedly bad for the fetus. But experts say its effects are less severe than those of alcohol and are comparable to those of tobacco — two legal substances that are used much more often by pregnant women, despite health warnings.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prenatal_cocaine_exposure

No specific disorders or conditions have been found to result for people whose mothers used cocaine while pregnant. Studies focusing on children of six years and younger have not shown any direct, long-term effects of PCE on language, growth, or development as measured by test scores. PCE also appears to have little effect on infant growth. However, PCE is associated with premature birth, birth defects, attention deficit disorder, and other conditions. The effects of cocaine on a fetus are thought to be similar to those of tobacco and less severe than those of alcohol. No scientific evidence has shown a difference in harm to a fetus of crack and powder cocaine.

So if booze and cigarettes are what do the most damage, and the most vulnerable time for a fetus is before the woman is even showing (and might not even know herself yet that she's pregnant) it doesn't really sound to me like there's much we can do about it, so maybe the best choice is to treat women like honest-to-goodness grownups by giving them a full range of reproductive choices and leaving them the hell alone.
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