Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, a member of parliament representing Ablekuma West, has advised women who are forced by their boyfriends into having oral and anal sex to call the police for help.
The lawmaker made it clear that anal intercourse, regardless of the gender engaged, will be prohibited and punishable under the Anti-LGBTQ bill.
She was speaking when the Promotion of Proper Sexual Human Rights and Ghanaian Family Values bill was being discussed in the legislature.
The legislator was concerned after hearing that wives had been threatened with divorce from their husbands if they refused to engage in these sexual behaviours.
“For the avoidance of doubt and the awareness of all Ghanaians, oral sex, also known as anal sex, is prohibited by our legal system whether it occurs between a man and a woman, a man and a man, or a man and a woman. Please be advised that oral or anal sex is now illegal in our country if you are one of the people out there who is partaking in it.
Speaking to her peers on Wednesday, she persisted on highlighting the importance of the suggested law in tackling such challenges.
“Therefore, I will implore any woman or young girl who is being forced to engage in any such practise masquerading as heterosexual intercourse to be aware that what they are being asked to do is illegal and that they need to seek assistance from the police. Use of sex toys and anal intercourse are both examples of unnatural carnal knowledge.
This comes after the Constitutional, Legal, and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament recommended that the contentious law be passed.
Others who spoke in favour of the measure were Bernard Ahiafor, Nelson Rockson Dafeamekpor, Sam George, Murtala Mohammed, and John Ntim Foruor.
Alban Bagbin, the Speaker of the House, urged lawmakers who rejected the measure to take a stand and be counted.
He received no reaction to his plea, despite the fact that members of Parliament were unanimously in favour of the bill’s approval.
After the law has passed on its second reading, it will move on to the deliberation phase before a third reading to indicate passage.