Parents who visited the North Dakota State Fair last weekend were outraged to find their children had been given squishy toy fetuses without their permission, Jezebel reported.
"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?" mother Amber Mendez told Jezebel.
The toy fetuses were handed out at the fairgrounds by Minot Right to Life. The toys are manufactured by Heritage House, which claims its product "is the most realistic fetal model ever developed." The local pro-life group also handed out pamphlets that detailed each week of a fetal development along with the toys.
Rob Port, the editor of the conservative Say Anything Blog, was the first to report on the toy fetuses. Though he opposes abortion, Port found the toys "creepy" and noted that many of them ended up in garbage cans.
"Whatever group is out there trying to promote the pro-life message by handing out squish alien babies, stop. You’re doing more harm than good," he wrote.
Dina Butcher, a pro-choice Republican activist, said Wednesday she wished North Dakota lawmakers had marched in the state fair parade "so they could have been pelted by those obscene objects of bad taste." The state legislature approved a radical 6-week ban on abortion, a law that was blocked this week by a federal judge.
This is not the first time fetus toys have stirred up trouble. Earlier this year, a federal appeals court ruled a pro-life group could not distribute the toys at two high schools in Roswell, New Mexico. The court said that the toys distracted students, noting reports of the fetuses being set on fire, used to clog toilets and made to resemble penises.
[Rendered image of fetus via Shutterstock]