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New California bill would make removing condom without consent illegal

The California state legislature sent a bill to the governor's desk on Thursday that would consider nonconsensual condom removal as sexual battery in California, effectively outlawing a maneuver some have called "stealthing." New California bill would make removing condom without consent illegal

Introduced by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D), the bill tackles instances when an individual removes a condom during sexual intercourse without express permission. Called "stealthing," the term gained traction when it was featured in an articlepublished in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law in April by 2017.

Author Alexandra Brodky argued that stealthing can lead to the usual risks of unprotected sex, such as unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, but also violates the "dignity and autonomy" of indiviudals. New California bill would make removing condom without consent illegal

Garcia introduced a bill that adds stealthing to the California Civil Code in February 2021. The bill, , would include nonconsensual condom removal as a form of sexual battery and therefore open to litigation and penalty.

"My bill #AB453 is on its way to the Gov's desk, hopefully he'll sign it & lead for the nation," Garcia wrote on Twitter . "It makes it clear that 'stealthing' or removing a condom w/out permission isn't just immoral, but it's illegal." New California bill would make removing condom without consent illegal

The bill made it through both chambers with relative ease, and is now at Gov. Gavin Newsom (D)'s desk for signature.