Unanimity. By 112 votes to one, in a climate of harmony, the deputies approved Monday evening the ban on virginity certificates, article 16 of the bill against separatism currently examined at first reading by the National Assembly. This article 16 prohibits health professionals from drawing up virginity certificates with a penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine of 15,000 euros.
If the measure is approved by the national college of French gynecologists and obstetricians, voices in the medical community have been raised to denounce a counterproductive ban and a practice that would only concern very rare cases. Among the LR, LFI or Communist groups, the deputies wondered about the final effectiveness of a measure targeting the medical profession. Eric Coquerel (LFI) particularly regretted the absence of an impact study to measure the real importance of such a practice, Marlène Schiappa, Minister of Citizenship, deploring in return “invisible violence”.
Several elected officials on the right pleaded for those in the family circle to encourage or pressure to obtain such certificates to be sanctioned, and this provision was introduced during the examination of the text in a special committee and will be debated on Tuesday.
The deputies also adopted an amendment by Perrine Goulet (MoDem) aimed at penalizing the handkerchief ceremony, a practice that some gypsy communities continue to practice to demonstrate virginity at the time of marriage, and that of the white cloth, respected in certain religious communities.
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Monday evening, the National Assembly also unanimously adopted article 14 which modifies the law of foreigners and asylum to introduce a general reservation of polygamy – prohibited in France but authorized in other countries and which gives rise to complex family situations – when all residence permits are issued. The deputies introduced protection for wives, so that the prefect takes their situation into account when examining the right to stay. According to Marlène Schiappa, “30,000 adults” are concerned in France by polygamy, without knowing whether it is only wives.
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