Rubbing a woman’s pregnant belly is more than a touchy issue in Pennsylvania — it’s illegal.
The awkward experience for moms-to-be everywhere falls under the state’s harassment law.
Anyone with the urge to rub a woman’s pregnant belly might want to think twice in Pennsylvania — it could lead to a harassment charge.
It’s an old statute that got a new spotlight after a Central Pennsylvania man was recently accused of repeated belly buffing, Pittsburgh's WPIX reported.
“Essentially, someone had touched a pregnant woman’s belly,” attorney Phil DiLucente told the station. “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.”
The issue of clueless belly rubbers and their handsy advances had typically been left to the occasional etiquette column and mommy blogs, but the threat of criminal charges has sparked vigorous debates on social media platforms such as Facebook.
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