Looking to head out to the bar this weekend? Before ordering that classic dirty martini, female customers can now check to see if they’re pregnant at one Minnesota pub.
That’s right; according to ABC News, Pub 500, south of Minneapolis-St. Paul, recently installed a pregnancy test dispenser in their women’s bathroom.
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is the leading cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities, and bar co-owner Tom Frederick believes that this new addition could spare unborn children these defects.
Fortunately, the monies collected from the $3 tests do not go towards the pub’s personal profits, but to Healthy Brains for Children, a nonprofit organization based in this small town. The organization’s goal is to reduce the number of children with learning and behavioral disabilities linked to alcohol consumption.
Since the dispenser is not something you would likely see in a women’s restroom, the pub’s owners posted a sign in the upper left corner of the machine to explain its importance.
Healthy Brains for Children executive director Jody Allen Crowe plans on installing a hundred of these dispensers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Crowe co-founded the organization in 2008 after working for almost two decades on Native American reservations in Minnesota and Idaho. During this time, he saw the unfortunate outcomes of prenatal exposure to alcohol.
Yet Crowe didn’t just take into account his personal observations, According to the CDC, approximately 7.6 percent of women ages 18 to 44 used alcohol, and 1.4 percent of pregnant women engaged in binge drinking.
New York doctor David Garry, head of the Alcohol and Women Committee for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, agrees about the benefits of this new dispenser. Having pregnancy tests be affordable and accessible can help women make one healthy choice after another.
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