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This June 23, 2019 file photo shows Tip "T.I." Harris at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. T.I. says he was joking when he said he goes to the gynecologist with his daughter every year to make sure her hymen is "still intact." The performer, who received backlash when the comments went viral earlier this month, told Jada Pinkett-Smith on Monday’s episode of “Red Table Talk” that he also apologized to his daughter. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

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 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.”

 

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Steven

New York wants to make sure its children can spread their legs freely. They aren't the parent's children. They are the state's.

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