North Carolina’s Senate has just killed a bill that would have made it illegal to continue sexual intercourse with a partner that has withdrawn consent after initially agreeing to the act, according to The News & Observer.
North Carolina is the only state in the country where this kind of non-consensual act remains legal. The law the proposal would have reversed stems from a 40-year-old precedent, the outlet notes.
Senate Bill 563, as the legislation was known, had 12 co-sponsors, some of whom had been pushing for reversing the precedent since 2015.
The news comes weeks after a slew of southern states, including Alabama and Georgia, passed or proposed anti-abortion laws that will, in some cases, impose prison sentences of more than 99 years for the doctors involved in the procedure.
Some lawmakers in North Carolina, however, are hopeful that a clause prohibiting nonconsensual sex in this shape will be added to another piece of legislation. A state representative who sponsored a separate bill related to sexual assault told local press on Wednesday that he wouldn’t object to adding a similar provision to his proposal, which passed the House without opposition.