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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: August 24, 2020 01:38 PM
From: Senator Lisa Baker
To: All Senate members
Subject: Designating September as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month in Pennsylvania
While COVID-19 has required our focused attention over the last several months, other health issues cannot be forgotten.  September is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month (FASD), and we should take this opportunity to enhance awareness and education in the Commonwealth.
FASD can lead to intellectual delays at birth with impairment lasting for many years moving forward.  Learning disabilities, memory deficits, impulse control and poor judgement are but a few of the challenges resulting from alcohol use during pregnancy.  While it’s important to understand and act upon the numerous complexities of FASD, there is a really simple message that can be communicated: FASD lasts a lifetime and there is no cure, but it is 100% preventable. 
Please join me in recognizing the importance of raising awareness and education of this serious public health issue by designating September as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.  Thank you.

Introduced as SR361