It is well established science that smoking and/or use of drugs by pregnant women causes a number of identified birth defects in the baby. Now a study from the United Kingdom identifies an increased likelihood of homosexuality in babies born from moms who smoked cigarettes during their pregnancy. Neuroscientist Dr. Dick Swaab, of Amsterdam University, claims exposure to nicotine during pregnancy makes it more likely the child will become homosexual.
NewsOne reports in its story on this issue, “pre-birth exposure to nicotine can increase the chances of girls becoming lesbian or bisexual and drinking or drug taking can lower a child’s IQ. The researcher also surmised that a boy with several older brothers has a higher chance of being gay possibly because the development of the mother’s immune system to have stronger responses to male hormones with each son born.”
Dr. Swaab is also quoted as saying, “Pregnant women suffering from stress are also more likely to have homosexual children of both genders because their raised level of the stress hormone cortisol affects the production of fetal sex hormones.”
There may be other factors that influence the possibility of a child becoming homosexual, the NewsOne story reports.
“The ingestion of synthetic hormones while pregnant can also play a role in determining sexual orientation as well, as evidenced with a group of studies done on women between 1939 and 1960 to reduce their miscarriage risk. The women who ingested the synthetic estrogen had a greater chance of bisexuality and lesbianism in their daughters,” NewsOne reports.
This report raises many questions about issue related to homosexuality, since it identifies homosexuality as a birth defect related to smoking during pregnancy, as well as issues that will be raised by further study of the effects of smoking on the baby during pregnancy. As medical research has identified a number of symptoms and birth defects related to consumption of alcohol during pregnancy that are termed Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, it seems likely that research might well identify a number of symptoms and birth defects associated with exposure to nicotine and other chemicals contained in cigarette smoked during pregnancy.
This study has for now, identified homosexuality as a birth defect related to smoking of tobacco during pregnancy.
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