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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?

Denton November 07, 2011 at 12:34 PM
Absolutely inappropriate! Can you believe someone would actually shows what a baby looks like...outrageous! Now, ghosts, ghouls, vampires, demons, murderers, werewolves, zombies, Beiber, etc. are perfectly acceptable!
Grant November 07, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Just another batch of religious freaks who seem to think they have some right to puke their stupid all over everyone else's kids. Of COURSE it's inappropriate for these idiots to target 7 year olds as a vehicle for their "message"...
cyndi davis November 07, 2011 at 01:41 PM
Okay first of all Religious freaks is a gross overstatement-Overzealous I agree-I am a Christian and although I dont agree with what they did in the setting it was done in (it should have been shut down immediately) nor do I agree with abortion (but also understand it isnt my body or soul) all taboo subjects are not religious freak tied! You speak as if a Christian "message" only belongs in certain settings-you are incorrect-a true Christian lives and breaths the "message" having said that I agree totally inappropriate. This event was kid-friendly and the city should have been aware of the content of this vendor and told them NO.
Regina Bagwell Boyce November 07, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Well said Cyndi! I too am a Christian and agree that abortion is murder, but it isn't for me to tell another person what to do with their life. I am a friend of a grandmother who's grandchildren were given these "dolls" without permission at the event. I think it was totally the wrong time and place. Maybe next year they should target an older audience at one of the hell houses that are everywhere. Seems to me that would be a bit more appropriate. I'm afraid to say that I definitely would not have been a very calm mother had someone tried that when my children were younger. That's a conversation that I had with my children at adolescence, not when they were little children.
Grant November 07, 2011 at 03:48 PM
Cyndi, Maybe you didnt read the article? "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." I think the "religious freaks" term applies perfectly to this group and any other group that feels compelled to foist their bugnutty superstitions on the children of strangers. How about just leave the kids alone?
Jeffrey Allen November 07, 2011 at 04:12 PM
I was handed one of those dolls by a friend who said her 6 year old grandson found one in his bag after the T/T Mainstreet. Read that...he found it in his bag, after the fact. By implication, that means it was slipped in the bag under some candy, the intent likely to be found later. Imagine how that went. "Grandma, what's this?" I am pro-life and have very strong opinions on the subject of abortion...BUT There is no way that handing those things out to small children is appropriate. Shock politics has no place in little kids trick or treat bags. Perfect example of a message getting lost because of the way it was delivered. I'm calling extreme party foul here. I hope this group is uninvited to the event next year.
Ned Lane November 07, 2011 at 04:23 PM
So inappropriate it's almost kind of funny. Did they think they were doing something Halloween-gross like the old "Put a grape in the hands of a child with their eyes closed and tell them it's an eyeball?"
Pat Pippin November 07, 2011 at 05:42 PM
I am a mother and a grandmother. I am absolutely appalled that they did this and more upset that it was not reported to the organizers and stopped immediately.
Madeline Brock November 07, 2011 at 07:40 PM
I am not so appauled as some of you. We don't seem to be this upset that our kids see and hear much worse not on holidays. Why is it wrong to see a baby that is the size it would be at three months? Our children are getting indoctrinated at at very young age that it's just a clump of cells, etc. I do agree that I would like to be the one to explain to my 4 year old, but guess what, he will be hearing that LIfe begins at conception and this is the size he was at three months of age in mommy's tummy. I would be more aghast and appauled at what happens when salt is injected into their skulls and they writhe and squirm in pain and are murdered, ......................all for convenience. As a nurse and a Christian mother, I am not appauled at all, if it nurtured my child asking what it was and how big was this baby or where did it come from, I will have no issue explaining it.
Grant November 07, 2011 at 07:52 PM
Madeline, Just so I understand ... You would be OK with me handing out condoms to the little tykes on Halloween in deference to my religious beliefs? I'm not "offended " by the toy fetus, I'm offended that some religious group has believes that they have some right to prey on children.
Brady November 07, 2011 at 08:28 PM
I agree with Grant, I have no problem with my son learning about how life begins, but this was no place for a group to push their personal agenda. Go protest the clinic I have no problem with that just leave my children out of it!
john matlock November 08, 2011 at 03:48 AM
These comments will unfortunately feed into the ever important persecution complex of groups like this. They'll fail to see this was not in any way appropriate, decide they are being persecuted for their message, and hide behind the Bible instead of taking responsibility for their poor judgment.
Kelli Stovall November 08, 2011 at 03:30 PM
It was bad judgement as to where to hand these out. Trick or Treat Main Street was geared toward small children... my 22 month old son and 23 month old grand daughter got one in their buckets... Really??? My 22 month old son brought it to me and said, "yuck, dog poo" , on the other hand, my 14 and 16 year old sons and their friends who helped with the smaller kids said it was interesting information... I think it was just a bad choice of venues to hand out such information.
Brendan November 08, 2011 at 04:59 PM
Madeline...it is people like you in this society that make me doubt the intelligence of some parents out there. You justify this inappropriate act by saying there is much worse that our children see. Why show them any of it and spark the discussion of sex at 3 years old? and how is that an excuse for what happened? They are innocent UNDER 7 YEAR OLD children! Most all of them have no idea where babies come from and were only caring about getting candy and dressing up. Quite frankly when I was 4, I thought the stork brought babies! My Mom wasn't telling me stories of abortions and how they are performed...if you are telling your children these stories at 4 years old, there is something seriously wrong with you.
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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