Pro-Life Group Hands Out Squishy Realistic Fetus Dolls To Kids At A State Fair

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Screen Shot 2013-07-26 at 6.07.02 AMI have been to many a state fair in my life, and I have usually only left with a Guns ‘N Roses mirror, a giant neon green stuffed monkey, and an unfortunate case of food poisoning. But these little ones who attended a state fair in North Dakota received bonus squishy fetuses from the Minot division of the Right To Life group. From ABC News:

“It was [given] out to show a visual that at 12 weeks, the baby is a baby. No abortion talk had to come of it with any children that picked one up. Young children just saw them as babies and that was it,” the group wrote on Facebook.

Minot Right to Life’s umbrella organization, North Dakota Right to Life, also had a booth at the fair. Devyn Nelson, executive director of the North Dakota Right to Life, told ABC News the booth was extremely popular, and that they handed out more than 800 toys before they ran out. He said he did not actively solicit people to hand out the toys, but would give them one if they stopped at the booth.

“The overwhelming majority of people that stop by are happy that we do it,” Nelson said.

The best part about these dolls, is that you can buy them BY THE CASE on the website for the company that manufactures them, where happy customers have posted reviews like:

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Just in case pregnant women forget they are pregnant.

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And I don’t know about you guys, but I think if someone tried to come to my door to hand me a fetus doll, I’ll probably go all crazy freakout lady in Apple store on them.

Jezebel wrote about this earlier in the week, and they spoke to a mom who has a kid who received the fetus doll:

Amber Mendez, a mother of three who attended Saturday’s parade, was likewise affected by the “Precious Ones” she found in the candy bags her kids got for free during the event. “They’re so lifelike,” she said in a phone interview. “I’m squeezing it. It’s fleshy.”

Mendez says she’s “in the middle” when it comes to abortion, but feels that her rights as a parent were compromised at the parade when her children were handed the fetuses along with informational pamphlets that included lines like “Week 1: conception; the baby is smaller than a grain of sugar, but the instructions are present for all that this person will ever become.”

“My kids can read,” she said. “I shouldn’t have to explain to five and six-year olds what abortion is at a family event. I doubt these people would be allowed to hand out condoms to little kids. But it’s okay to talk to them about abortion without my permission?”

And I think Amber pretty much sums it up perfectly, no one should talk to you kid about abortion without your permission. And I’ll add that no one should give your kid anything relating to sex and procreation without your permission. If you wanted to get your kid a squishy realistic fetus mode, you would get your kid a squishy realistic fetus model. I don’t know what my own daughter who plays with dolls would even do with this, because she would probably be all creeped out by it. She couldn’t make it a dress of of tissue paper and scraps of material like she does with her other dolls, and I have a feeling it would end up being eaten by her Calico Critter mice or something.

(Image: Heritage House)


  1. NYBondLady

    July 26, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I agree with the message that children should not be exposed to this kind of solicitation. That being said, I can’t get this image out of my mind, which I suppose, is the point. Does anyone know if a baby is this large at 12 weeks? All I can think about is that hand squashing the baby to death. Morbid, yes, but sends home the message…

    • Eve Vawter

      July 26, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Haha! They are supposed to be squishy 🙁 I am no sure how exactly we would tell, sheesh, maybe I will buy one and bring it into my OBGYN. That would make a good post. Also, I wonder if these people also hand them out at Halloween in lieu of candy?

    • Emmali Lucia

      July 26, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      You’re talking like you want your house to get toilet papered and egged.

      Giving out toys instead of candy…. WHO ARE YOU?

    • Eve Vawter

      July 26, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      I wanna really creep out my neighbors!

    • LadyClodia

      July 26, 2013 at 9:54 am says that at this stage the fetus is about 2 inches long (about the size of a lime…I love that they use fruit and vegetable size comparisons,) so yeah that looks like it would be the right size.

    • Eve Vawter

      July 26, 2013 at 9:58 am

      HAHAHAH BABYCENTER.COM says is pretty much the best

    • AStewart

      July 26, 2013 at 9:58 am

      A 12 week old foetus is about 2″ and weighs just under half an ounce. Size wise, think somewhere between a brussel sprout and a passion fruit.

    • Rachel Sea

      July 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      The size is about right, but everything else is wrong. At 12 weeks the fetus is virtually see through, and has no neck or eyelids. The eyes and the budding organs look like black lumps in pink jelly. The arms and legs are more spindly. You can tell it’s going to be a person, but it’s not a cute little baby. Look at a picture of a newly hatched pigeon, and you have a reasonable idea of what a 12 week fetus looks like.

    • NYBondLady

      July 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      I just googled “12 month fetus.” Will not be doing that again.
      Now take that pigeon and stomp on it. Except it really wouldn’t be a bird, it would be a person. Feel better?

    • Rachel Sea

      July 26, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Sorry, what the fuck? You’re taking my explanation that those dolls aren’t quite anatomically accurate and turning it into stomping on baby birds and fetuses? Fuck you.

    • NYBondLady

      July 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Sorry not really directed at you, but really the tone of many the pro-choice people here. Women who would “Bite the heads” off a gummy baby fetus and declare it a victory for women’s rights.

    • Rachel Sea

      July 26, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      The desire to give a metaphoric one finger salute to a group of adults trying to teach little kids about abortion with misleading propaganda is not at all the same as a desire to harm fetuses.

      You are clearly under the misapprehension that just because a person is pro-choice that they don’t find the death of a fetus devastating, when in reality a person being pro-choice means they just recognize worse alternatives.

    • NYBondLady

      July 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      We will never come to an agreement about this because I think that the death of the fetus is way worse than almost all alternatives. And the truth is that abortion is used more and more as a birth control method. Not as an emergency/life-threatening fix. And it will only become more prevalent as we continue to destroy the value of human life, by equating fetuses with gummy bears and killing children in the name of “financial security” or “womens rights.”

    • Rachel Sea

      July 26, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      “And the truth is that abortion is used more and more as a birth control method.”


    • alice

      July 26, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      I hope to see abortion rates decline too, through far easier access to birth control (pills especially) and far more education (ovulation ed pls.) Abortion should decline because people become smarter about *NOT* getting pregnant.

      Nobody *wants* an abortion. It is a choice among choices. It is a choice that I have chosen for myself in the past. I did not choose it blindly. I did not choose it as a testament to “women’s rights”, nor in the name of “financial security.”

      I chose it, very simply, because I, unlike you, could look at the picture of the fetus and say “I can live with this choice.” Not because i devalue life, but because I see a great chasm between extinguishing the life of my neighbor and extinguishing the small life latched inside of me.

      And because I see far greater harm (and hypocrisy) in valuing those tiny inviable fetuses OVER the lives of all our neighbors, especially the poor, the drugaddled, the uneducated, the needy, the teens, the victims of abuse: all those lives for whom an unplanned pregnancy would be uniquely worse.

      To “value” life is not simply to usher it into this world.

  2. Myriam

    July 26, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Those dolls are not life-like. Yes, a 12-weeks foetus sort of looks like a baby, and it is about 2′ long. However, they are BABY baby-proportionate. The head is as long as the wholde body. Anyway, most women getting an abortion know exactly what they are aborting, and that is the reason they are aborting. They believe they are not in a position to take of of said-baby…

    • CB

      July 26, 2013 at 9:58 am

      The language they use is also kind of misleading. Saying that “the baby is smaller than a grain of sugar” kind of sounds like the fetus at that point is a perfectly-formed mini-baby, just swimming around like a sea monkey or something, rather than a weirdly shaped ball of miscellaneous cells.

    • Amber

      July 26, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      A lot of people think that’s really how it is though.

      Sad but true.

    • AugustW

      July 26, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Reminds me of when old timey medical professionals thought that a whole person was floating around in sperm, just waiting to snack on the “meat” of the egg.

  3. LadyClodia

    July 26, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Seriously, Eve, you made me snort when I read your last sentence! LOL

    But I would be super pissed if someone gave my kids something like this. My boys aren’t old enough to read, so I could probably just make something up to tell them, and throw the things away before they realized it. But still, grrr.

    Plus at first it says that they didn’t give them out unsolicited, but the mom says her kids got them and the pamphlet in goody bags from the parade, so that definitely seems unsolicited to me.

  4. Colleen

    July 26, 2013 at 10:28 am

    It would have been better if they were made of candy–GUMMY FETUS–and then I would bite the head off right in front of their booth. I’m not a big fan of people who try to trample the rights of a woman to do what she wants to do with HER body.

    • NYBondLady

      July 26, 2013 at 10:32 am

      You missed the point.

    • Colleen

      July 26, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Oh, I got the point the “right to life” people were trying to make. My point is I disagree completely with their point.

    • Blooming_babies

      July 26, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      That’s hilarious! Thanks

    • Emmali Lucia

      July 26, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Please go away, you only comment on the articles that mention abortion, this site is OBVIOUSLY not meant for you. There are websites out there that are run with people that have your same mindset, that believe in the same principals that you do, this website is not one of them. So for the blood pressure of you and everyone you’re trying to argue with, just walk away. Or click away, seeing as how we’re on the Internet.

    • Shelly Lloyd

      July 26, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      I am so totally digging the Gummy Fetus! That would be awesome.

  5. alice

    July 26, 2013 at 10:42 am

    i don’t agree with what this group did at all. facepunches all around. 🙂

    that being said, i think (just from the comments i’ve read below so far) that there is a greater talking point here, about education.

    i am sternly pro-choice, but i couldn’t imagine taking a stand on this issue without knowing everything first. and i’m a little surprised that some people don’t know what a 12 week out fetus looks like, or are euphemistically comparing it to produce.

    if you want to know what a 12 week old fetus looks like, don’t go to babycenter and read about plums. 🙂 do a google image search.

    it’s difficult to NOT have an emotional response to looking at a picture of a 14 week old aborted fetus. but in my opinion, this part is very important to all parts. to be able to say: “I UNDERSTAND, but…”

    • lizb

      July 29, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      hey alice, produce is a very common go-to for fetus size comparisons among pregnant people who are curious about fetal development. it has nothing to do with dehumanizing the fetus, everything to do with the fact that fruits and vegetables are easier for most people to picture than inches and millimetres.

  6. Tea

    July 26, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I just can’t help but picture at the end of the day, when they’ll be inevitably thrown at siblings, squished, blown up (Kids still blows stuff up, right?) cut up, or just generally destroyed like kids do with a lot of freebie toys.

    Kind of like the stupid stuff teens do with free condoms from sex ed courses. It takes 15 minutes and you forget how important they are and start the mayhem.

  7. keelhaulrose

    July 26, 2013 at 11:14 am

    The anti-choice people set up at a very busy intersection near me twice a year, six foot pictures and all. I avoid it when I’m with my kids, but that usually sends me a couple miles out of my way. I just think that I shouldn’t have to explain abortion to my children while driving or at a state fair, especially before we’ve had the official “talk” yet.
    I don’t think these people would appreciate having to drive past pictures of women who were killed or maimed by back-alley abortions, or the body of the woman in Ireland denied a life-saving abortion. Subjecting unwilling families to this is downright rude.

    • Shelly Lloyd

      July 26, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      If it wasn’t totally illegal, I would so totally drive by them with a paint gun.

    • meteor_echo

      July 27, 2013 at 2:56 am

      A water gun would suffice too. With muddy water in it.

    • Emmali Lucia

      July 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      There are groups that protests the protesters. I think if they (The original protesters) start getting really rowdy I’ll start doing that. It’s been on my mind for a really long time now. The pictures of women who went missing after “Borrowing some money for a nice watch”

  8. Amber

    July 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I almost wish that someone had tried to eat it since it was in a candy bag, choked, and then sued the shit out of them.

    But I don’t want to wish choking or death on anyone.

    • NYBondLady

      July 26, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      except for fetuses. Those deaths are OK.

    • Amber

      July 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      Where exactly did I wish death on any fetus?

      Huge eyeroll at you for trying to turn my comment into an opening for your argument against abortion. Very lame.

    • meteor_echo

      July 27, 2013 at 2:57 am


  9. Shelly Lloyd

    July 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Didn’t a similar group hand out these fetus dolls at a high school recently? Only to have the high school students have a ball with them by throwing them at each other, painting them up, or ramming them on to their pencils etc….?

  10. labman57

    July 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    No truth to the rumor that the same group is handing out coupons good toward the purchase of a “trans-vaginal probe home kit”, or that it has a food booth offering “placenta pot pie” …

  11. Emmali Lucia

    July 26, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    They’ve been doing this in Oregon for years now. They don’t hand them out in parades because we would literally hand over their heads, but a great booth to avoid at the Oregon State Fair is the “Pro-birthers” booth, occasionally you’ll hear a woman start yelling if someone dares ignore them for too long, then the security guards tell them to STFU and sit the hell down.

    The thing is the ones they hand out at the Oregon one (Well, the year I got one handed to me) was clearly a 20-weeker that they were trying to pass off as an 8 weeker, I was like “Bitch please, the fetus is the size of a kidney bean and still has webbed feet.”

    She started yelling at me and the guard had to literally threaten to make her take down the entire stand.

    • Gangle

      July 26, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      That is what totally spins my head – when they try to pass off something that just isn’t quite factual. Like fake images of what an abortion looks like.. if you live in another reality.

    • MoD

      July 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      You could avoid all of this by skipping the state fair and attending the Oregon Country Fair. I’m thinking it’s not exactly the Pro-Lifer’s scene.

    • Emmali Lucia

      July 26, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Nahh, there’s still plenty of pro-lifers at Oregon Country fair, but they’re so much more… Chilled out? They don’t throw things in your face or call you a murderer, they actually like the fact that the government gives money to planned Parenthood and wish the government would help out more with inner city schools (My sister’s one of the Oregon Country Fair pro-lifers, She’s super bright and knows what’s up [Like that wide access to cheap/free birth control is the best way to cut-down on abortions], but she really does believe that fetuses are babies and even the thought of abortions upset her like crazy.)

    • MoD

      July 26, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      I never ran into any of that sort of thing at the Country Fair, although to be honest it’s sort of a disconcerting experience all together. I would just think the whole naked people/pot-smoking/tripping crowd are in general a turn-off to the right-wing pro-life crowd. I didn’t consider the educated/hippie/Gaia pro-life crowd, they’re generally much more tolerable.

    • Emmali Lucia

      July 26, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      I think the nudity and tripping is disconcerting to about half the people that go there, the other half are too stoned and naked to really care. But they do often have midwifery booths there, maybe not all midwives are pro-life, but like 97% of the ones I’ve met are.

      Can I just say that I find the pro-life movement surreal? The guy who created it was ULTRA RELIGIOUS, he saw the hippie and free-love movement and actually wanted to outright ban premarital sex. But considering that at least 75% of people had sex before marriage he couldn’t outlaw almost everyone’s sex life. So he decided to go on a crusade against abortion and/or every type of social institution out there to help a woman who dared have pre-marital sex. He actually wanted these women and their children to have no help whatsoever for their “Sins,” which means that if he had his way, every child out of wedlock and the mother who birthed it would either be homeless or starving to death (Or would have “Done right by God” and gotten married to hard working young men)

      Currently, we have pro-lifers who are literally in it for the fetuses, they want the fetuses to grow into children and they are even willing to help these women and children (These are the really rare pro-lifers, although most pro-lifers on paper will say that they’re like this).

      Then we have the ones that adhere to the dogma created by… Oh crap I forgot his name. Oh well, you get my gist right?

      TL;DR Version:
      Pro-life ideology was founded by intense hypocrites that actually wanted women and children to suffer.

  12. meteor_echo

    July 27, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Oh man, if someone brought a bunch of those and tried to hand them to me, I’d be like “Oh sweet, you’re handing out nude-colored rubber? For free? Lemme take some more, I need to have my new mold tested. I need like four or five of those to melt and fill the mold up, is that okay with you?”

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