Unborn Child Policy Paper

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The goal of this policy is to provide the United States with information on ways to understand and change the current issue facing unborn children. This policy brief provides information on how the United States can provide protective rights to the fetus while also providing protective rights to the mother whom is consuming drugs while pregnant. The goal is also to provide ways for mothers whom are pregnant to receive counseling through their addictions and ultimately provide a better lifestyle for the mother and unborn child.

In the mid-1980s, national attention on the relationship between drug use and pregnancy came about. Substance abuse during pregnancy is more prevalent than commonly realized. Substance abuse is more common among women
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That figure increases to twenty eight percent if we include substance abuse or mental health disorders, which are often inseparable. Currently today, there are twenty six million Americans whom suffer with a substance abuse problem. The incidence of substance abuse among women whom are in their reproductive ages continues to increase. With this continued increase of women in their reproductive ages that are being seen as a contributing factor to the growing problem of substance abuse during pregnancy. So far, the highest rates of drug and alcohol use are among women in the beginning years of have given birth. Currently six million women are experiencing alcohol problems. Also more than five million women are currently using illegal substances. Women who are between the ages of eighteen to thirty five years, have been responding to the National Institute on Drug Abuse Household Survey and reporting that they had used alcohol in the past month of their survey taking time. Also, five percent of those women have been reporting drug use in the same amount of time as well. The substance abuse during pregnancy can range from the lowest percentage of five percent to the highest percentage of twenty five percent. These percentages were dependent on the type of screening method utilized. The different types of screening methods that were used to calculate these percentages were methods such as the intensity of the screening program and urine drug testing. The largest population that was surveyed had the amount of almost thirty thousand urine samples. These urine samples contained substance abuse during pregnancy as low as five and a half and alcohol use as high as six percent. Of the four million women who become pregnant each year, statistics taken from numerous surveys also reveal that at least twenty percent smoke tobacco or cigarettes, nineteen percent drink
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