Bartenders banned from denying pregnant women alcohol in NYC

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Mat 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

Pregnant women who belly up to New York City bars now have the law on their side.

New guidelines went into effect across the city this week that prohibit bars from refusing to serve alcohol to women who are pregnant (or who seem to be pregnant).

The same guidelines also forbid bouncers at those bars from denying pregnant women entry.

The guidelines, released Friday by the city’s Commission on Human Rights, state that “using safety as a pretext for discrimination or as a way to reinforce traditional gender norms or stereotypes is unlawful.”

The rules also apply to night clubs and restaurants that serve alcohol, and require restaurants to serve women raw fish—considered by some to be a pregnancy risk—upon request.

Medical groups from the Centers for Disease Control to the Surgeon General’s Officehave long warned that drinking any alcohol during pregnancy can result in fetal alcohol syndrome or adverse health effects.

According to Pro Publica, 18 states across the U.S. consider the alcohol abuse during pregnancy to be child abuse.

The CDC earlier this year went as far as to ask all women of childbearing age to avoid alcohol unless they’re using contraception, lest they drink before realizing they’re pregnant.

Yet according to the CDC’s own numbers, 10% of women continue to drink while pregnant in the US.

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