Children’s rights campaigners are lobbying to halt the sexualisation of foetuses by the ‘insensitive and intrusive’ use of scanning during pregnancy. They are also concerned about the dangerous psychological effects of pregnant women wearing scanty underwear.
‘Both of these practices promote a sexualisation of the unborn,’ said Eunice Showalter of the Society for the Protection of Embryonic Rights Movement (SPERM). ‘Images of naked foetuses are being casually passed around by pregnant women wearing inappropriate underwear in places like wine bars, in the workplace via mobile phones and even posted on the internet. Imagine if these images ended up in the hands of foetophiles.’
High-street clothing giant Primark has reacted to the campaign by putting on hold its new range of clothing for foetuses.