Friday, July 15, 2005

 

Irresponsibility Personified

Melissa Irene Tanner, 37, had a blood alcohol content of 0.29 percent when she gave birth June 30, and her daughter's was 0.21 percent, according to an affidavit by police.
Hospital staff had to use an oxygen bag to help the baby start breathing and gave her medication to counteract any narcotics, according to the affidavit. Tanner allegedly told police she and another person had consumed a case of beer and that she regularly drank during her pregnancy. AP

Wow, a libertarian by nature, I very rarely advocate the regulation of any behavior by the government unless that behavior places others at risk of losing LLE, or it infringes upon the inherent rights of others. Seeing that this baby had to have her breathing kickstarted due to the unmitigated stupidity of this woman, I would say that this is beavior that qualifies. Do I think that a glass of wine with dinner while pregnant should be illeagal? No. Should it be illeagal to get falling down drunk while pregnant? Probably, but how to fairly enforce such a law? Something to ponder. I suppose that the rule "When in doubt do nothing" as applied to enacting new legislation would be the prudent decision in this case.

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