Two female lawmakers have introduced a new bill to ban doctors from performing so called virginity tests after rapper T.I. admitted taking his daughter to the gynecologist for an annual check up.
The 39-year-old said in November how important it is to him that his teenage daughter Deyjah Harris has not had sex yet, admitting that he accompanies her to the doctors to confirm that her hymen isn't broken.
'I will say as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact,' the rapper, whose own hits are filled with lyrics about sex, said.
Now New York Democrats, state senator Roxanne Persaud and assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, have introduced new legislation in an effort to ban the practice of 'virginity examinations' by doctors.
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Rapper T.I., right, revealed that he accompanies his teenage daughter Deyjah, left, to the gynecologist every year to ensure that she is still a virgin
State senator Roxanne Persaud, left, and assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, right, have introduced new legislation in an effort to ban the practice of 'virginity examinations'
The lawmakers say in their bill: 'These examinations are not only a violation of women's and girls' human rights, but in cases of rape, can cause additional pain and mimic the original act of sexual violence, leading to re-experience, re-traumatization and re-victimization.'
Solages told The New York Post: 'It's misogynistic, it's appalling.
'I was horrified to see this was happening. If a celebrity can impose his power to ensure his 18-year-old daughter gets checked, imagine what can be done in households across New York state?'
Medics caught carrying out the test could be charged with sexual abuse in the first degree, a class D felony, if carried out in a 'non-medical' setting.
T.I. came under after admitted taking Deyjah, 18, to the annual gynecological exam. In an interview, T.I. said he coerced his daughter into signing a waiver so he could see the results of her 'virginity test'.
He was forced to defend himself after facing incredible backlash for the admission.
Referring to the podcast interview, T.I. told Jada Pinkett Smith that it was done 'in a very joking matter.'
'I just began to — from a place of truth — I began to embellish and exaggerate,' he says. 'And I think a lot of people kind of took it extremely literal. Because if you put any of my reputation, like who I am as a father, who I've been. I honestly thought people knew me better than that.'
T.I. came under after admitted taking Deyjah, 18, pictured, to the annual gynecological exam. T.I. said he coerced his daughter into signing a waiver so he could see the