reply to post by SevenBeans
Maybe I'm misinterpreting your tone, and if so my apologies, but you seem unwilling to consider that harmful neglect to a fetus (and on that level a
future fetus as well) could be perpetrated by both men and women. If you had reviewed my link, you would have seen that there is evidence that:
"Alcohol consumed by the male can lead to a variety of problems in the reproductive system. Unlike females, whose eggs are all made during pre-birth
development, males continuously make sperm throughout their lives. Some studies have shown that alcohol consumed by the male can enter the testicles
through the bloodstream. The drug then seems to mutate some characteristics of the sperm. After exposure, they can end up with deformed heads or
tails, hindering their mobility. Alcohol could also be transported to the ova via the semen and expose the embryo to levels of this toxicant. In
addition, alcohol-affected semen could alter embryo maturation."
"Dr. Cicero sums it all up when he suggests the possibility of three factors which could be affected by male alcohol consumption. First, alcohol
could affect characteristics of the sperm - perhaps mutating genetic material. Second, sperm may be "chosen" in such a way that only a few are
intact following exposure to alcohol. Third, alcohol could alter the chemical composition of the semen, which may influence the activity of ejaculated
sperm. In any of these ways, the sperm is harmed by alcohol, which in turn, causes a negative impact to the development of the fetus."
"Like alcohol and other drugs, cigarettes harm the human body. In males, smoking has been shown to affect the sperm. The deformed sperm are more
likely to cause miscarriage and problems for the fetus. Studies in the 1960's showed that fetuses with fathers who smoked were more likely to
struggle for their lives than the offspring of non-smokers. The studies also showed that the death rate was forty percent higher among a group of
subjects with smoking fathers."
"Smoking can cause even more problems, both for Dad and the baby. The bodies of males who light up can produce free radicals, or molecules which
damage cell parts and the chromosomes in sperm. Lower birth weight and increased risk of disease in babies has been connected with a father's
smoking. Cigarettes that are smoked by a male can contribute to infertility by causing varicocele, a swelling in the veins of the scrotum, which can
cause a miscarriage. Smoking half a pack or more a day has been shown to reduce sperm count by as much as twenty percent."
"A male's exposure to lead has been associated with his partner's miscarriage. This substance and others, such as Ethylene oxide, the pesticide
DBCP, and ionizing radiation can negatively affect human reproduction. They may adversely affect the male reproductive system, and sperm count, which
can lead to infertility, miscarriage, or still birth"
"In addition to problems from chemical exposure at work, when a male ingests coc aine before conception, the coc aine has been found to
bind the sperm cells and thus expose the baby at fertilization and cause numerous problems."
So say I get pregnant, and I am the pinnacle of healthy and responsible behavior. My pregnancy partner is a) my long time bf, who has been drinking
heavily on the sly, smoking even though he told me he quit, worked in pest control but said he works in an office, and doing coc aine without
letting me know, or b) a one night stand who lied to me about his usual behavior to get me into bed.
Now situation A. I miscarry, a) might feel sad about it, but say better luck next time, and b) is relieved. No harm, no foul on the man's end?
Situation B. I give birth to a child who suffers from malformations, behavioral and cognitive disorders, and ends up getting childhood cancer. Can I
charge the man for his inferior sperm because he was the cause of it, or is the fact that he treated his body like a trash receptacle my problem
because I didn't get enough background info on the person, and trusted them to tell me the truth about their behaviors?
P.S. Sorry for the lengthy post, I just wanted to make sure the information leading up to my questions were available here, and I'm having trouble
with external quotes on the iPad. I'm not sure if those quotes violated any rules, if so I'm sorry again.