Bells to call attention to fetal alcohol issues

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Groups are gathering in Columbia to draw attention to fetal alcohol disorders.

Members of the South Carolina Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Collaborative are sponsoring a ringing of the bells Monday on the north steps of the Statehouse.

The event is marking Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day and includes the reading of Gov. Nikki Haley’s proclamation.

Organizers say participants will ring bells nine times on the ninth day of the ninth month as a reminder of the nine months during pregnancy when a woman should not consume any alcohol. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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