The “Moonshine” Deformity

Pregnancy is a very delicate time for women. It can be a risky experience if the right precautions are not taken. In order to produce a healthy child, women who are expecting have to avoid things heavy strain on the body, alter their diet to food that is healthiest during pregnancy and constantly visit their doctors to ensure that everything is going as planned. So with all the delicacies of pregnancy, why would someone purposefully try to have an unsuccessful one? Women in South Africa are doing just that by way of drinking battery acid infused “moonshine”.

In the U.S., most people who need government assistance receive it if they follow all the procedures and are eligible. However, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, government assistance is not so easy to come by.According to Black Media Scoop, this section of the country is so poor that pregnant women are deliberately poisoning themselves and their unborn children by drinking “up to five and six bottles a day” of moonshine in order to create a disabled child and receive a larger sum of government assistance  money. “Families receive 250 South African rand ($28) per child, per month but a disabled child brings in 1200 rand a month ($134) – a “lucrative” income”.

As reported by Black Media Scoop:

Drinking while pregnant can cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) which results in speech problems, physical deformities, learning difficulties and behavioral issues The houses are often raided by police who close them down. But as soon as one is shut, another opens.

The World Health Organization said there has been an increase in the number of babies born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the area since 2002. The syndrome is also the most common birth defect in South Africa.

In America we have people who make a career out of abusing the system. People sit at home all day living off unemployment checks when they are well-able to get up and search for work. Some families apply and receive food stamps so that they can spend  extra money on material things such as clothes and shoes. Some women even continue to have children that they cannot afford just to stay on welfare, bleeding the system dry for people who are actually incapable of working like the permanently disabled or working single parents who need a little help to make ends meet.

Examining how other countries struggle should make us appreciate the privileges we have here in the U.S. You may not like or agree with the Commander and Chief or are annoyed by some of the laws of the land but at least you don’t have to deform your children for the government’s help.

Give us your thoughts on this outrageous solution.

-AskDrO Staff

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