Because it's the God-given right of every French person (and lobbyist) to drink with impunity, a bunch of French people are all up in arms over a new law that requires wine bottles carry some sort of warning that it's not good to drink when pregnant. Obvious? Sure. Unnecessary? Maybe. Really, really difficult to see, so that you wonder if there are any real problems in France? Of course. [Washington Post]
@rainbrain: whilse pregnant with me, my mom craved whisky and cheeseburgers.
@BiscuitDoughJones: on serving pregnant women, there was an article that came out in the early 90s about a smug waiter in Seattle who refused to serve a visibly pregnant woman. My mom saw this and was enraged - she called him a snot-nosed motherfucker or something similar. She then said if she was visibly pregnant and some - especially - dude - thought he knew better, he ought to be punched. I'm not saying that what you said maybe didn't come from the right place, but no one wants to feel someone else is pareonizing them, you know?
You have to realize where this comes from. I think most women aren't going to drink a fifth a day, but being visibly pregnant makes you such a target in society in that everyone thinks they know better. Fuckers.
The thing is, even if there WAS sufficient proof that the occasional drink was harmful, it's even less so later on. SO, ironically, refusing to serve alcohol to a VISIBLY pregnant woman makes even less sense because she's further along.
Geez, at this rate bouncers will be making women pee on a strip as well as checking IDs.