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Impoverished Prospective Mothers Deliberately Drinking To Harm Babies... Watch

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    http://news.sky.com/story/1033939/so...to-harm-babies


    Some South African mums-to-be are deliberately damaging their newborns in return for benefits, Sky's Alex Crawford reports.

    Mothers in one of South Africa's poorest areas are drinking heavily to deliberately damage their unborn babies - just so they can claim disability benefit.

    Life is so tough with unemployment high and crime rampant in South Africa's Eastern Cape, that a newborn baby represents a form of income for the mothers.

    State benefits mean 250 South African rand (£20) per child per month for an impoverished family. But disability allowance is a far more lucrative 1200 rand a month (£85).

    It has led to a spike in the numbers of babies born with disabilities.

    Mothers who drink heavily during pregnancy run a far higher risk of giving birth to a child born with what is known as Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

    The condition is usually irreversible and can mean speech problems, physical deformities, learning difficulties and behavioural issues.
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    Gosh, this seems like one of the most terrible things that a human can do, if not particularly because the babies have no say in the matter - that's horrible, very horrible...

    Personally, I have no sympathy for an unemployed prospective mother who deliberately drinks in order to harm the babies health in order to receive more cash from the state - the baby has no choice in the matter and is irreparably injured and harmed; therefore this is morally reprehensible.

    Life's very hard for some, I am well aware of that - but to deliberately harm a baby that has no opinion, no choice, no say in the matter and is powerless to do anything is wholly disgusting.

    Imagine such babies being born when, had their mothers not practised such things, they would have been born far healthier and able...

    What do you think? Do you agree that women who practise this deserve no sympathy?
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    From Soweto to Southampton: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/he...er-babies.html
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    (Original post by cambio wechsel)
    From Soweto to Southampton: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/he...er-babies.html
    theyre not doing it for benefits though

    theyre just scum
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    That is some heavy salad. The fact that people are falling on such hard times as to consider this is shocking.
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    (Original post by tehforum)
    theyre not doing it for benefits though

    theyre just scum
    They're not doing it for social security benefits, but are doing it for 'benefits' in the wider sense of it. I mean this as distinct from only not being able to give up smoking - it is rational (or anyway rationalised) choice-making. Indeed, I've heard tell of women actually taking up smoking on discovering that they're pregnant, because "no-one wants a big babby" ['babby', sic]. A big babby means stretch marks and difficulty getting your figure back, it means greater pain in labour, and it generates the paranoid concern that Dean or DeMarcus will decide that your fanny's gotten too big. Oh dear.
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    I'm inclined to possibly not believe these tales. There's not a single bit of evidence to support them in the article and they have the whiff of a concocted moral panic rather than an actual thing people would do.

    The majority of the article is about alcoholic mothers, not women who drink to harm their children. They are dependent, and probably fairly ignorant as to the health effects on their children - or so out of it they barely think about it. That's quite different from malicious harm caused to get benefits.

    Indeed, it's quite a silly idea too. The costs and problems of raising a disabled child are considerable. A mentally or physically damaged son or daughter may well be unable to work in future and thus unable to support himself or, better yet, his family.

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    From Soweto to Southampton: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/he...er-babies.html
    Smoking when you're pregnant will do considerably less damage to your unborn child than drinking heavily.
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    (Original post by L i b)
    Smoking when you're pregnant will do considerably less damage to your unborn child than drinking heavily.
    Well, that's right. With the result that there exists no incidental financial incentive to do it, and in fact it is costly.

    The whole of my point had been that our condemning of the women of the Soweto slums might be mitigated by the knowledge that something similar is happening very much closer to home and with less excuse for it.

    The woman in South Africa harms her unborn child to signifcantly increase a family income which might put food on the table for her other children. But Chloe in Soton does it to snap back into post-pregnancy shape like Katie Price or Victoria Beckham.
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    (Original post by cambio wechsel)
    Well, that's right. With the result that there exists no incidental financial incentive to do it, and in fact it is costly.

    The whole of my point had been that our condemning of the women of the Soweto slums might be mitigated by the knowledge that something similar is happening very much closer to home and with less excuse for it.

    The woman in South Africa harms her unborn child to signifcantly increase a family income which might put food on the table for her other children. But Chloe in Soton does it to snap back into post-pregnancy shape like Katie Price or Victoria Beckham.
    Yes, that is very silly mind you. :yes:
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    Poverty often creates incentive for people to do horrendous things, purely from desperation (and perhaps ill-education). Poverty is always a sorry state of affairs.
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    Why would anyone want a disabled child? For most people who receive disability benefits, their costs are much more than the benefits they receive.
 
 
 
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