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Drinking while pregnant 'could become a crime'

Drinking during pregnancy could become a criminal offence, women's charities have said.

A council in the North West of England is seeking criminal injuries compensation for a six-year-old girl with ''growth retardation'' caused by her mother's alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

If the Court of Appeal agrees that the woman committed a crime it could pave the way for pregnant women's behaviour to be criminalised, according to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) and Birthrights.

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Drinking while pregnant case 'about rights of unborn child'

A court case being heard today on criminal injuries compensation, for a child whose mother drank during pregnancy, could pave the way to the criminalisation of pregnant women's behaviour two leading women's charities are warning.

Neil Sugarman, the lawyer representing the unnamed council, told ITV's Good Morning Britain programme that the case wasn't about the "criminalisation" of women, but the rights of the unborn child.

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