Bad for Baby

[Woman worried about baby while smoking]I RECEIVED AN E-MAIL AND JUST HAD TO SHARE HERE THE  SCANNED NEWSPAPER CLIPPING FROM 2004 THAT WAS ATTACHED.

It’s from the Roanoke Times, and is captioned:

“Mellissa Williamson, 35, a Bullit Avenue resident, worries about the

effect on her unborn child from the sound of jackhammers”

Please double click on the picture to enlarge. The thing that immediately captures us in this country today is the fact that she has been snapped outside, in full pregnant profile, having a smoke of a cigarette.  Is she going outside to smoke? The road seems busy too; that looks like a busy junction — that would be a worry too.  Then there’re all the big cables swinging about above her head — ought she to start worrying about them?  The look like electricity cables.  I don’t give her child much chance of survival in that environment.

That’s only six years ago, but even so, back then we knew what would happen if this picture was published here — there would be an outcry against the mother-to-be for smoking.  Clearly, in this case, the picture is supposed to garner sympathy for the poor woman.

Maybe things are not getting worse, when compared with foreign parts, we can often come out being better.

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