HCR 6: Relating to Alcohol-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week.

00HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 6 01 Relating to Alcohol-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS fetal alcohol syndrome and fetal alcohol effects, which are birth defects 04 related to alcohol consumption by pregnant women, can be prevented if pregnant women and 05 women who plan to become pregnant abstain from alcohol consumption; and 06 WHEREAS fetal alcohol syndrome results in permanent growth retardation, physical 07 malformations, and permanent central nervous system damage, including developmental 08 delays, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems, and is most often accompanied by 09 mental retardation; and 10 WHEREAS pregnant women who consume alcohol also risk having children with fetal 11 alcohol effects, which most often include permanent developmental delays, learning 12 disabilities, and behavioral problems; and 13 WHEREAS fetal alcohol syndrome is the number one identifiable cause in the United 14 States of birth defects accompanied by mental retardation and the only preventable one; and

01 WHEREAS alcohol-related birth defects have only recently been discovered to be a 02 major health problem and many questions regarding them remain unanswered; and 03 WHEREAS the latest research shows that children with fetal alcohol syndrome and 04 fetal alcohol effects are often unable to live totally independent lives; and 05 WHEREAS the research has also shown that additional children of a woman who has 06 previously given birth to a child with an alcohol-related birth defect are most often born with 07 alcohol-related birth defects in successively severe degrees if the woman continues to drink 08 during her pregnancies; and 09 WHEREAS, without exception, mothers of infants born with fetal alcohol syndrome 10 consumed alcohol during pregnancy; and 11 WHEREAS the Surgeon General has issued an advisory that pregnant women and 12 women who plan to become pregnant should not consume alcohol; and 13 WHEREAS the division of alcohol and drug abuse, Department of Health and Social 14 Services, will be conducting a statewide campaign designed to increase awareness of fetal 15 alcohol syndrome during the week of May 11 - 17, 1997; and 16 WHEREAS the legislature recognizes that the sobriety of fathers is also important to 17 the well-being of their children and the healthy functioning of their families; and 18 WHEREAS the legislature wishes to acknowledge RurAL CAP's statewide activities 19 against irresponsible use of alcohol during pregnancy; 20 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature encourages widespread 21 involvement in RurAL CAP's Mother's Day Campaign, which is occurring during May 11 - 22 17, 1997; and be it 23 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the 24 Governor to proclaim both the week of Mother's Day, May 11 - 17, 1997, and the week of 25 Father's Day, June 15 - 21, 1997, as Alcohol-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week and 26 urges schools, health care organizations and practitioners, and other public and private 27 agencies and individuals observe the weeks with appropriate activities. 28 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the governing body of each school district, 29 the State Medical Board, the Board of Certified Direct-Entry Midwives, the Board of Nursing, 30 RurAL CAP, and the chief executive officer of each hospital and health clinic in the state.