A Pregnant Woman Walks Into a Bar…

She orders a beer. There is no punchline. She gets her drink and returns to her friends to enjoy it.

That is, if she’s in New York, where restaurants and bars are now explicitly prohibited from refusing to serve alcoholic drinks to mothers-to-be. Elsewhere, however, it is likely she’ll be shot disapproving looks and bar staff may even refuse to serve her.

A visibly pregnant woman ordering an alcoholic drink has become so frowned upon in our society that for many it has become something of a sick joke.

But why?

While there is “robust and consistent” evidence that heavy or binge drinking is associated with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, the British Medical Association also states that “existing evidence on the adverse irreversible effects of…

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