Vaupel resolution increases awareness for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

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State Rep. Hank Vaupel

State Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, has introduced a resolution to bring awareness to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in the state of Michigan.

Vaupel delivered a speech on the House floor in support of his resolution, stating FASD are entirely preventable and he hopes all citizens will increase their knowledge of the effects of fetal alcohol exposure as well as their level of compassion for those affected by the disorders.

“FASD poses a serious threat to the health and livelihood of children,” said Vaupel, chair of the House Health Policy Committee. “Increased awareness can help reduce instances of fetal alcohol exposure and its devastating effects.”

FASD incidence rate is estimated at one out of every 100 live births. The U.S. Surgeon General warns there is no safe amount of alcohol to consume during pregnancy.

For more information about FASD, visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website.

Vaupel’s resolution was passed with overwhelming support.

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