Anne-Marie Lizin of the Walloon Socialist party is acting against state subsidies for “virginity operations.” The senator proposed a law requesting that hymen reconstruction operations no longer be reimbursed by the national RIVIZ health insurance. The so-called “virginity operations” have been popular among the Muslim and immigrant community in Belgium, for women seeking to torn hymens to give the image of intact virginity. However, the procedure, falling under the category of “vagina and vulva surgery,” has been intended for repairing damage from birth defects, burns, abscesses, and similar cases.

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