"Relating to designating September 9, 2006, as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day. "
"We ask Alaskans to come together at 9:09 am on September 9, 2006 for a "pregnant pause" to reflect on preventing FASD's ..."
- Rep. Weyhrauch
House Joint Resolution 31 designates September 9, 2006 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are the single largest cause of mental retardation in Alaska and are one hundred percent preventable.
International FAS Awareness Day was first observed on September 9, 1999. It began when a small group of adoptive and foster parents of children afflicted with FAS and Fetal Alcohol Effect (FAE) came together on the Internet to ask this compelling question, "What if a world full of FAS and FAE parents all got together on the ninth hour of the ninth day of the ninth month of the ninth year and asked the world to remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should not consume alcohol?"
The designation of FASD Awareness Day is intended to focus attention on the high cost of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders to our state and the ease of prevention. Currently, more American babies are born with FAS than with Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, and HIV combined. The simple fact is no alcohol consumed during pregnancy has been established safe for the fetus. If women do not drink any alcohol during their nine months of pregnancy, alcohol-related birth defects would be eliminated.
We ask Alaskans to come together at 9:09 am on September 9, 2006 for a "pregnant pause" to reflect on preventing FASD's and also to remember throughout the year to continue to reach for the goal of eradicating Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.