'Virginity certificates' a no-no, says Quebec College of Physicians 0
MONTREAL — Quebec's college of physicians is threatening to fine any members who issue virginity certificates.
"A virginity certificate is not a medical act," said Dr. Charles Bernard, president of the college, while acknowledging that the attestations are rarely issued.
Virginity certificates attest to the structural integrity of a woman's hymen.
The college took a stand in issuing the degree Thursday to its 21,000 members.
Some ethnic groups require that a woman be a virgin when she gets married.
Bernard said any doctor who is asked to provide such a certificate faces a dilemma given that their patients could face consequences in their communities if they don't have the document.
The college has also asked its members to refer troubled women to social workers, psychologists or the Department of Youth Protection.