November 1, 2006
Women’s rights groups are outraged by the ruling. “You should have the right to say no at anytime and that should mean no and if sexual acts continue after you’ve withdrawn your consent, they should be considered a crime,” said Jennifer Pollitt Hill, a member of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, to WJZ, a local television station. According to WJZ, several decision-makers have already said they wish to address the issue in the upcoming legislative session, though legislation that would have given women the right to withdraw consent at anytime has failed in both 2004 and 2005.Maryland is one of two states that have ruled that women do not have the right to withdraw consent. Seven other states have ruled that women may withdraw consent at anytime.
Media Resources: Associated Press 10/31/06; WJZ
11/1/06; Maouloud Baby v. State of Maryland 10/30/06