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Was Fetus Replica Appropriate for Trick-or-Treaters?

Some parents objected to a pro-life group handing out a replica of a 12-week-old fetus at the Loganville Trick-or Treat on Main Street. Do you think it was inappropriate?

A display at the event on Oct. 29 had some parents concerned about one of the contributors. With it being targeted toward children under 7, a “concerned mom” posted on a Patch story that she found the pro-life display “inappropriate and disgusting.” Along with the candy, the group was handing out a replica of a 12-week-old fetus.

“My son went up and asked what they were. Before I could intervene the gentleman took it upon himself to explain to my child that it was a 12-week-old fetus and that is what he looked like in mommy's belly,” she posted in comments. “I can understand people's choices, but this was not the time nor the place to be explaining this and to be passing out these fetus dolls. This was something that was supposed to be geared towards school-age children.”

The fetus dolls were handed out by pro-life group Project:Ignite Global Ministries, a non-profit ministry that operates through “pursuit campaigns” to promote activism among Christians with a focus on pro-life activism.

In a story in the Walton Tribune, it was reported that Trick or Treat organizer Laura Ellis said she believed the group handed out candy as well and that they did not hand out the fetuses without parental permission.

However, the concerned mother who posted on Patch said her son asked what the fetus was and she did not have time to intervene before her 3-year-old son was given an explanation she thought was inappropriate for someone his age.

“There is a time and place for everything and whoever headed this group was apparently mistaken at what type of environment is appropriate to pass out little rubber 12-week -old fetuses,” she wrote. “Maybe monitoring what will be handed out should go into effect for next year. From that gross representation, I most likely will not attend next year.”

Do you think handing out a replica of a 12-week-old fetus was inappropriate for a Trick-or-Treat event for young children?

Jason Brooks November 08, 2011 at 05:13 PM
Absolutely unacceptable, no matter your religious beliefs, politics, or any other standard of qualification. The Project:Ignite Global Ministries team deserves the public outcry for this, and I hope they are uninvited next year.
THERESA November 09, 2011 at 08:45 AM
why in the world would they decide to show up there? crazy people...
Mickey Nash November 09, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Poor judgement for many involved... I am pro~GOD, pro~LIFE, & pro~FAMILY... this was to be a fun family day with focus on the FAMILY & KIDS... perhaps next year, we parents will be more prepared for the sickness & ultimately sin that tries to creap in to the young minds of our children. Global Ministries, my advice to you: Stick to targeting people who are actually OF AGE to make a decision regarding the life of their unborn ~duh!
Robert Zein November 10, 2011 at 04:02 AM
Grant, this is not a fair comparison. The dolls are facts, not opinions. They are physical replicas of twelve week fetuses. Again, facts, not opinions. Why are you afraid of showing a replica of a twelve week fetus to a child?
Grant November 10, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Robert...Condoms are facts too ...If you have no issues with some stranger showing a developing fetus to your 7 year old trick or treater you should take no isse with having them explain how the fetus got there to begin with right? I am not "afraid " the the silly dolls , the fact remains that this issue is far and away outside the realm at a kid oriented trick or treat event. How about the religious freaks just leave the kids alone!?!

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