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PRINTER'S NO. 2406
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE RESOLUTION
No.
448
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY MURT, BIZZARRO, LONGIETTI, MOUL, RYAN, KENYATTA,
BURNS, JONES, FREEMAN, HILL-EVANS, DiGIROLAMO, JAMES,
READSHAW, KORTZ, HENNESSEY, KIRKLAND, CALTAGIRONE, BROWN,
BOBACK, SCHLOSSBERG, NEILSON, SCHMITT, CONKLIN AND KINSEY,
SEPTEMBER 3, 2019
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019
A RESOLUTION
Recognizing the month of September 2019 as "Fetal Alcohol
Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, The House of Representatives is committed to
highlighting awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
(FASDs) and notices the importance of helping pregnant women and
women seeking to become pregnant abstain from alcohol use during
all stages of pregnancy; and
WHEREAS, The House of Representatives encourages an informed
approach to understanding and caring for individuals living with
FASDs; and
WHEREAS, Exposure to alcohol in the womb presents serious
risks to a developing child; and
WHEREAS, FASDs cause physical and behavioral health issues
that can affect learning and participation in the community; and
WHEREAS, FASDs are preventable by avoiding alcohol, yet much
work remains to educate and empower individuals to take charge
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of their health and promote healthy pregnancies; and
WHEREAS, While the birth defects and disabilities associated
with FASDs are permanent, proper diagnosis and treatment can
improve outcomes; and
WHEREAS, "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month"
has grown into a collaboration of national public service
organizations, professional medical associations and government
agencies working together to promote awareness, share
information and provide greater access to services for FASDs;
and
WHEREAS, The goal of the observance is to create a global
community free of alcohol-exposed pregnancies and a society
supportive of individuals already living with FASDs; therefore
be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives recognize the
month of September 2019 as "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives encourage all
individuals in this Commonwealth to acknowledge the dangers of
consuming any amount of alcohol during pregnancy; and be it
further
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives urge action and
education during the month of September and all throughout the
year to ensure that women refrain from consuming alcohol during
pregnancy; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives urge access to
appropriate screening by medical professionals when FASDs are
suspected as well as access to therapies and supportive services
upon diagnosis so that affected individuals may live the fullest
and most productive lives possible.
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