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Northern Territory Considers Charging Mothers Over Drinking Whilst Pregnant

By 14 March 2014Criminal Law

The Northern Territory has revealed that it is considering legislation that would see mothers that drink in dangerous amounts whilst pregnant either prosecuted or restrained.

Attorney-General John Elferink is concerned at the large number of children that are growing up in the NT with foetal alcohol syndrome. Mr Elferink has conceded that the proposed laws would bring into question a number of human rights issues, but that they will ‘cross that bridge when we get there’.

The Northern Territory Government is currently exploring a range of potential antenatal rights for unborn children.

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education disagrees with the Attorney-General’s suggested approach however, stating that treatment and support is what is required, not jail.

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