Pregnant women in Pennsylvania will no longer suffer through belly petting and rubbing, if they don’t want to.
Following a harassment charge filed against a man in Cumberland County who rubbed a pregnant woman’s belly without permission, the act is now illegal in the state.
Under the law, touching a pregnant woman’s belly without her permission is considered harassment.
The issue sparked debate on Facebook this week. Some thought the law was common sense.
“It’s always polite and respectable to ask a person first if you can touch them. Just going up to anyone and touching them is rude and inappropriate,” a user wrote to ABC San Diego’s Facebook page.
“Um, duh?” wrote another user. “Of course it’s against the law to touch someone without their consent! Why would it not be OK to have a say in who touches your body??”