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Pittsburgh- (WPXI) In Pennsylvania, pregnant women who don't want to be touched against their will  have some reinforcement.

The warning came after a case in the central part of the state.

"Essentially, someone had touched a pregnant woman's belly. That's very common that pregnant women have to go through. The only problem is when you harass, annoy, alarm in the act of touching, then it's a violation, a harassment charge," said attorney Phil DiLucente.

DiLucente said this particular harassment law has always been on the books.

"Simply stated, it's always been the law. It always will be the law,"DiLucente said.

Whether new or old, Jackie Collier, of Scott Township, said her recently pregnant daughter understands how belly-touching can get excessive.

"Especially if they don't know her or ask permission. It's kind of invasive," Collier said.

DiLucente said pressing charges is something done if the touching gets out of hand.

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