A local lawmaker has introduced a resolution to bring awareness to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in the state of Michigan.

State Representative Hank Vaupel delivered a speech on the House floor during Thursday’s session in support of his resolution, stating Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders 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. The incidence rate is estimated at one out of every 100 live births.

Vaupel, a Handy Township Republican who chairs the House Health Policy Committee, says children are the most important resource in the state and the disorders pose a serious threat to the potential health of future generations. Vaupel says they need to do everything possible to reduce fetal alcohol exposure and increase awareness for its harmful effects.

More information about FASD is available on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website. The link is provided. (JM)