Sunday, 22 July 2012

Pregnancy tests before a pint?

I never thought I'd be writing a post that mentioned pregnancy testing, but I've read this story from the land where even the most lunatic of ideas have their staunch advocates - the USA. In Minnesota, an unnamed non-profit making group is stocking bars and restaurants with pregnancy kits to enable women to make sure they're not pregnant before they have a drink - the newspaper report is here and an American writer's view of the initiative here.

It's a voluntary scheme, and at the moment is just in Minnesota, but the group involved has great ideas about expansion. If it becomes more widespread in the USA, you can be sure that our anti-alcohol campaigners will begin to lobby for it in the UK. With our government's increasingly nanny-statist approach to alcohol, how certain can we be that, if it takes off voluntarily, that there isn't then pressure for it to become compulsory? This suggestion treats women like children and seems to me rather intrusive into their privacy. I wouldn't be surprised if the people behind it were mostly male, but that's just me surmising.

If it all sounds like Cloud Cuckoo Land, I never thought that legal drinkers under 21 would be required to produce ID in Britain, but in many places they are. I would have been quite annoyed when I was that age. Yes, this pregnancy test idea is unlikely to become general over here, but 'unlikely' does not mean 'impossible'.


  1. Some women might feel flattered to be urged to have a pregnancy test, of course...

    And we have had examples in this country of pubs refusing to serve alcohol to pregnant women, even though that is certainly not illegal and not against much medical advice.

  2. It seems the "land of the free" just got that little bit less free! Pleased to see though that the writer in the link above, took a dim view of the idea.

  3. It's a shame that certain individuals think it more important to monitor the wish of a lady who wants a glass of wine with meal, rather than monitor the open sale of guns and ammunition.


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