A council in England is seeking criminal injuries compensation on behalf of a six year old girl who was born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, caused by her mother's consumption of alcohol during pregnancy.
What this means is that it could become a criminal offence for pregnant women to drink alcohol.
A written ruling by the Upper Tribunal of the Administrative Appeals Chamber said it was a ''direct result'' of her mother's drinking.
But it concluded: ''If (the girl) was not a person while her mother was engaging in the relevant actions then... as a matter of law, her mother could not have committed a criminal offence.''
Lawyers for the local authority have already failed once to win compensation on the child's behalf. But a further court case will be held at the Court of Appeal tomorrow, with a ruling expected at a later date.
The exact impact of drinking alcohol during pregnancy seems to be a grey area - the official guidelines have certainly changed more than once during the ten years during which my three children were born - but current NHS guidelines advise pregnant women to avoid alcohol altogether, and to consume no more than one or two units once or twice a week.
But there's some debate over whether criminalising the consumption of alcohol by pregnant woman is the right way forward.
What do you think?
Should it be illegal to drink alcohol at all during pregnancy?
And did you abstain altogether, or indulge in the odd tipple?
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