Member of Parliament (MP) for Ablekuma North in the Greater Accra Region, Penelope Sheila Bartels-Sam, has said she hasn’t come across any lawmaker of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) who supports the legalisation of LGBTQI+ activities in Ghana.
Her comment comes after several criticisms of lawmakers on the majority side who have been largely silent on the anti-LGBTQ+ bill debate.
Madam Bartels-Sam believes the bill in its current state has the “potential of trampling on fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution.”
“I have not come across ONE NPP MP who wants LGBTQI+ legalised. I have heard some MPs suggest that the draft bill in its state can potentially trample on some fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution,” she wrote on Facebook.
“All I know is that we want to ensure that in the process of expanding the law to cover LGBTQI+, we create airtight legislation that can stand the test of time. This takes lots of discussions, dialogue, research, and effort. Not a one-day matter, but we are committed to protecting our basic values as a country.”