Children, who went to the North Dakota State Fair last weekend, were given toy fetuses by the pro-life group Minot Right to Life.
According to Jezebel.com, Minot Right to Life did not ask the parents for permission to give kids "The Precious One" toys, which are manufactured by Heritage House.
The company promises on its website: "Its beautiful detail, softness and weight can really move hearts and change minds!"
A customer service rep for Heritage House told Jezebel that the plastic toys are often given to pregnant women at "pregnancy centers" (which are not usually medical centers) and children at schools.
The giveaway at the fair has upset some parents.
“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?” mom Amber Mendez told Jezebel.com.
Minot Right to Life also gave out pamphlets that detailed each week of a fetal development along with the toys.
"Kids like them, but adults like them too," said Devyn Nelson, Executive Director of North Dakota Right to Life. "They have nothing to do with abortion. You don't have to bring abortion up at all."
Dr. Anne Davis, of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City and consulting medical director at Physicians for Reproductive Health, countered: "They think people will be horrified if they know what's really going on in there, but that's simply not true."
"Let’s face it, there is a caricature of the pro-life activist that has been ingrained in the public’s consciousness by the media and entertainment industry, and it doesn’t do the pro-life movement any good when they prove themselves worthy of that caricature,” wrote Rob Port, the pro-life editor of the SayAnythingBlog.com.