It’s not a genie in a bottle, it’s a fetus in a uterus. Despite knowing this, how many times have you seen, or personally experienced, the complete stranger wanting to rub your distended tummy? What is it with people treating a woman’s belly like a petting zoo?
No more, says the state of Pennsylvania, which has now put some legal muscle behind the uncouth practice. Pennsylvania has made it illegal for pesky belly-rubbers to touch a pregnant woman without first asking her permission, reports MSN Now on Saturday.
The law was put on the books after a harassment charge was filed by a pregnant Pa. woman against a Cumberland County man who rubbed her belly. The woman was not injured in the exchange, but won the case and set a precedent to protect expectant moms from would-be gropers, no matter how well-intentioned they may be.
MSN now asks if this new law is "a bit severe," then answers their own question: "Any pregnant lady will tell you no, not severe at all, in fact let’s go a step further and make it illegal to tell pregnant ladies how big they’ve gotten or ask if they’re carrying twins."
Let’s hear from the moms out there. Are you happy with this new law? If you’re from Pa., let us know and tell us how you would handle the situation.