Today, members of the Senate DFL attempted to move nine bills out of Committee and on to General Orders that would protect the reproductive rights of Minnesotans and support Minnesota’s families and children. One of the bills was SF 3780 authored by Senator Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis):
“In the wake of the leaked draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade, the need for legislation to protect the reproductive rights of Minnesotans has never been more urgent. Among those bills was one I authored that provides the option to pursue legal ramifications for victims of stealthing – the non-consensual removal of a condom during intercourse. This bill would allow victims of stealthing to seek civil action against the perpetrator.
It is inexcusable that there are no legal ramifications for non-consensually removing a condom during sexual intercourse. Consensual sex is only consensual if both parties give enthusiastic consent – and that includes before and during. Stealthing is sexual assault and can lead to unwanted pregnancies. Victims of this cruel and reckless assault should be empowered to pursue civil action against the perpetrator. This common sense proposal, among the other DFL proposals brought forward today, were all blocked by Senate Republicans. I am committed to continue the fight to ensure every Minnesotan’s bodily autonomy is respected and honored.