NEW YORK (Meredith) -- Lawmakers in New York introduced a new bill which would outlaw virginity exams after rapper T.I. said he used to take his daughter to the doctor for virginity checks.
Congresswoman Michaelle Solages, a representative of Long Island, New York, introduced the bill, which would make it illegal to perform what she calls “virginity checks” in doctor’s offices in the state of New York.
With the bill, Solages and members of the New York State Assembly hope to amend the current public health law by forbidding the examination of a girl or woman’s hymen in an effort to determine whether she retains her virginity.
In the justification section of the proposed bill, virginity exams consist of “two fingers or a speculum” which are “inserted into the vagina in search of the hymen or to measure the elasticity of the vaginal walls” and that they are “widespread and common throughout the US.”
The comments, as soon as they made the rounds, were met with swift condemnation: Rapper T.I. says he takes his daughter to the gynecologist after each birthday to determine if she's a virgin.
The section says that these exams are a violation of the rights and women and girls, but can also cause additional pain if performed on a victim of rape or sexual abuse because it can “mimic the original act of sexual violence, leading to re-experience, re-traumatization and re-victimization.”
A report from the WHO says that virgin testing has no scientific basis. It says there is no examination which can prove whether or not a girl or woman has had sex, and the appearance of the hymen cannot prove whether a girl or woman has had sexual intercourse or if they are sexually active or not.
If passed, the bill is set to take effect “immediately.”