Busted: Vaginal Piercing Ban Gets Banned
"A proposal to ban vaginal piercing in Georgia almost snuck its way into law this spring, and the fiasco sidelined a bill intended to outlaw genital mutilation with a penalty of two to twenty years in prison. Bill 418 was introduced after a father's removal of his young daughter's clitoris in a procedure typical to his culture, brought only misdemeanor punishment in the state. The bill passed in the Senate, but when it reached the House, Rep. Bill Heath, R-Bremen, added the piercing amendment. Although the bill had broad support, opposition soon flooded the legislature. "Women were infuriated and appalled that anyboody would deny them the ability to do anything with their own bodies," said Leah Tatum-Dick, chief of staff for bill sponsor Senator Ginger Collins, R-Atlanta. She added that the amendment was extremely sexist, since men could do anything they wanted to their genitals. Heath however, was stunned to learn that some women want piercings. "I've never heard of such a thing," he said. "I wouldn't approve of anyone doing it. I don't think that's an appropriate thing to be doing."
The two houses removed the amendment and the Senate ratified the bill, but the House did not consider it before the spring session ended, so the sponsors must wait untill January to reintroduce it." -Jeffrey Decker