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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. 

 

Kristen Gwynne is an associate editor and drug policy reporter at AlterNet.  Follow her on Twitter: @KristenGwynne

 
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