Stealthing should be recognized as sexual assault nationwide.

Action: Call your legislators to vote “YES” to the H.R. 7928 – “Consent is Key Act” and H.R.7920 – “Stealthing Act.”

By now, most people have read Gabrielle Blair’s epic twitter thread, where a Mormon mother of six lays out her case that ALL pregnancies are caused by men’s ejaculations, including from those who refuse to wear condoms, and those who sneakily remove them during sex, the latter action now known as stealthing.

Those who’ve suffered this form of sexual assault – one that causes unwanted pregnancies, HIV, STDs and emotional trauma – also call it “A one-sided burden. A betrayal. A violation. Rape-adjacent.

H.R. 7928 and H.R. 7920 are based on CA’s anti-stealthing law, which doesn’t send a harm-doer to prison for criminal sexual battery, but allows victims to file a civil action to get help with costs, including therapy and medical services, as a result of the assault. This strategy was based on the lower burden of proof in civil cases, making it more likely that stealthing survivors would win. This was, of course, before the fall of Roe. The stakes on impregnating someone against their will have risen exponentially.

Blair ends her thread with “Men often don’t know, and don’t ask, and don’t think to ask, if they’ve caused a pregnancy. They may never think of it, or associate sex with making babies at all. Why? Because there are 0 consequences for men who cause unwanted pregnancies.

Let’s change that.

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Tues 7/10: Join with Planned Parenthood this evening to protect Title X. Bring men.

Pro-Choice supporters try to block Pro-Life demonstrators in front of the Supreme Court during the annual March for Life on the anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling in Washington, USA on January 27, 2017. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Gather up the teenagers in your house and introduce them to activism on an issue that will have a real effect on their lives.

And don’t just take the girls…

As this great article states: “What we too seldom hear is that men should also tell their abortion stories. We need to hear from the man who was able to stay in college, the man who did not become a single parent to two daughters after his wife died during a complicated pregnancy, the man whose uninterrupted research while a graduate student yielded a lifesaving cancer treatment and the man whose family did not become homeless during a stretch of unemployment — all because their partners had access to safe and legal abortion. Mathematically speaking, millions of men have such stories. The one-in-four women who have had an abortion did not get pregnant on their own.

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