When strangers touch your pregnant belly without your permission – it’s totally weird. Now in Pennsylvania – it’s also illegal.
“Essentially, someone had touched a pregnant woman’s belly. That’s very common that pregnant women have to go through. The only problem is when you harass, annoy, alarm in the act of touching, then it’s a violation, a harassment charge,” said attorney Phil DiLucente.
DiLucente said this particular harassment law has always been on the books.
“Simply stated, it’s always been the law. It always will be the law,”DiLucente said.
I can’t believe this has to be a law. You don’t just go around touching people you don’t know. Every one has a legal right to have their body left alone by others, don’t they?
One day during my first pregnancy, I was minding my own business, making a Kit Kat run. I walked into my corner bodega and a woman came up to me, cradled my belly and said, This is definitely a girl! You are so blessed. I remember thinking, Really? That is amazing. I went through a really uncomfortable ultrasound that required weird gels, emptying of the bladder and a paper robe. No one told me that going to the 7- Eleven and finding the woman with the least boundaries in the place would be just as effective. Thanks. I’ll remember that for number two. Also – it’s a boy.