Beginning in December, researchers will be giving away free, state-funded pregnancy tests in the bathrooms of 20 Alaska bars and restaurants.
The two-year study will be conducted by the University of Alaska in an effort to find out whether or not posters that warn women against drinking while pregnant work better when attached to pregnancy test dispensers rather than just being hung to a wall. According to the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska has the highest known rate of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in the U.S.
Jody Allen Crowe, founder of Healthy Brains for Children, says that the study takes advantage of new and growing interest from state governments in using pregnancy tests as a prevention tool for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Crowe has installed test dispensers in bars, convenience stores and a youth center in Minnesota.
Crowe says that this is an effort focused on the 50 percent of unexpected pregnancies so that women can find out that they are pregnant as early as possible.
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