Can Stealthing Qualify? Navigating Rape Exceptions in States’ Abortion Bans

Erin Yonchak, writing on stealthing and on rape exceptions to state abortion bans, concludes that, first, "[c]urrent rape law does not capture a swath of sexual violence, like stealthing—and rape exceptions, as written, do little to provide options for those victims," and second, "if providing abortion access to sexual violence survivors is a priority for legislators in abortion-restricted states, rape exceptions should be broadened to expansively define 'rape' as any unwanted sexual conduct and divorce rape exceptions from the criminal system, which remains an inadequate mechanism for victims of sexual violence."