Sunday, September 9, 2012: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day

WHEREAS, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) describe a range of birth defects and permanent disabilities caused by maternal consumption of alcohol during pregnancy; and,


WHEREAS, key features of FASD include harm to the central nervous system, facial feature abnormalities and both height and weight growth deficiencies; the prevention of FASD is critical for both infant and maternal health; and,


WHEREAS, FASD can only be prevented by avoiding alcohol entirely during pregnancy; the U.S. Surgeon General recommends that women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant abstain from drinking alcohol; and,


WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health to raise awareness of FASD throughout the state of Michigan; we urge citizens to learn more about the hazards of consuming alcohol during pregnancy;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Sunday, September 9, 2012 as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day in Michigan.