Stealthing is the act of removing a condom during the intercourse without the partnerâ€™s knowledge or consent. It is criticized for possibly transmitting STDs and causing pregnancy. the act can transform consensual sex into nonconsensual sex.
California State Legislature has passed a bill that criminalizes stealthing. The legislation, once it receives Governorâ€™s approval, will make California the first state to make stealthing an act of crime. It amends Section 1708.5 of the California Civil Code that focuses on sexual battery. The bill mandates consent before removing condoms or any â€œphysical deviceâ€ used for preventing individual from pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.