Legally Protect Pregnant Womens’ Bodies


Target: President Barack Obama

Goal: Make the unsolicited touching of a pregnant woman’s belly illegal activity in all 50 states

Pregnant women in the state of Pennsylvania can now worry less about strangers touching their bellies, because the activity is now illegal. While it may seem common sense to most, unsolicited touching of any kind constitutes sexual harassment, and being pregnant is not an invitation to tummy-touch. Urge President Barack Obama, who has been actively involved with women’s rights issues, to enforce this message by proposing that such activity be illegal in all 50 states.

American women, and arguably women across the globe, have been subjected to unwanted tummy-touching because of their pregnancies for too long. Though some women have no problem with this, and even enjoy the attention, many become reasonably offended. Google forums reveal thousands of infuriated posts from mothers-to-be who are disgusted at the idea of a stranger touching them because of their baby bumps. Witty shirts that display “Don’t Touch the Belly” and “If  You Didn’t Put It Here, Don’t Touch” are often presented as jokes but have become necessities to those women who don’t know how to otherwise deter friends, family, and even perfect strangers from fondling their bellies without consent.

The fact that many pregnant women feel the need to buy these shirts should say something significant, and Pennsylvania has finally begun to address the issue.

The law was implemented after a man who refused to stop touching a pregnant woman’s tummy now faces harassment charges. While it is unlikely that the measure will result in significantly more lawsuits and imprisonments, it does send the important message that unwanted touching is a serious matter. Pregnant or not, it is never okay to approach a stranger and touch them without permission. This is a fact that some failed to learn in kindergarten, and it will now be legally reinforced in Pennsylvania. Urge President Barack Obama to propose this as law in all 50 states.


Dear President Barack Obama,

Pennsylvania recently adopted a new law that makes the unwanted touching of a pregnant woman’s belly by a stranger illegal activity. While it is sad that such a policy need be implemented, it shows a need to reinforce punishment for sexual harassment that has become commonplace in America; too many people feel that it is permissible to touch a pregnant woman simply because she is pregnant.

Because there is a need for this law across the nation, and not only in Pennsylvania, it should be broadly implemented. Unsolicited touching of any kind constitutes harassment, and should therefore be considered illegal activity. I urge you to work towards making this a law in every state of the nation.


[Your Name Here]

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