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Georgia Woman Told Vaginal Exam Necessary to Prove Gender for Driver's License

This is how nonchalantly we probe women's bodies nowadays.

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Poking around inside of women's vaginas for no good reason is apparently a growing trend. While medically unnecesary, mandatory vaginal ultrasounds are being forced on women seeking abortions, one Georgia woman's story shows just how deep even low-level authorities' perceived entitlement to women's bodies has become.

According to Fox 5 Atlanta, Clayton County's 37-year-old Nakia Grimes did not realize her birth certificate had incorrectly labeled her a male until she prepared to renew her license. A new rule set by the Georgia Department of Driver Services required her obtain a copy of her birth certificate from Vital Record Services. There, an employee told the mother that, to prove she does indeed have a vagina, she'd have to receive Pap exam and deliver to them proof of her reproductive organs. 

"When I went to retrieve my birth certificate, I let her know the sex status is wrong," Grimes told Fox 5 Atlanta,  "I'm a woman, was born a woman."

"She said I needed to go have a PAP exam, have a doctor write a note verifying you're a woman, and bring it back-– notarized," Grimes told FOX 5.  

The director of Vital Records Services told Fox 5's Kaitlyn Pratt that the order was not protocol and she is looking into what happened.