Step away from the pregnant woman—that is, if you want to rub her belly without permission.
An existing Pennsylvania law was pushed back into the spotlight this past week, making it illegal to touch an expecting mom's stomach, after a man in the central part of the state was accused of repeatedly rubbing a woman's pregnant belly, according to the New York Daily News.
The statute falls under the state's harassment law.
“Essentially, someone had touched a pregnant woman’s belly," Pennsylvania attorney Phil DiLucente told local station WPXI.com. "That’s very common that pregnant women have to go through that. The only problem is when you harass, annoy, alarm in the act of touching, then it’s a violation, a harassment charge."
It's a problem that moms like Jackie Collier of Scott Township, Pa., can relate to. Collier's daughter had to endure the same sorts of unwanted tummy rubs while she was pregnant.
"Especially if they don't know her or ask permission. It's kind of invasive," Collier told the station.
Next time, just ask.
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