September 9, 2016: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day

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

WHEREAS, key features of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders can include lifelong physical, intellectual, social, and behavioral disabilities; and,

WHEREAS, women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should abstain from drinking alcohol; and,

WHEREAS, the prevention of prenatal alcohol exposure, early screening and intervention for affected individuals is critical for both infant and maternal health; and,  

WHEREAS, the U.S. Surgeon General recommends there is no safe amount of alcohol to consume during pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders can only be prevented by avoiding alcohol entirely during pregnancy; and,

WHEREAS, in 2013 an estimated 56.8 percent of women of reproductive age in Michigan, aged 18-44 years, reported using alcohol. An estimated 20.2 percent reported binge drinking four drinks on any one occasion according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and,

WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders throughout the state of Michigan. We urge residents to learn more about the hazards of consuming alcohol during pregnancy and the benefits of early screening and intervention for both maternal and infant health;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 9, 2016 as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day in Michigan.