Ban on conversion therapy?

Dec 21, 2016

BY: Citizens Count

Sen. Martha Fuller Clark has requested a 2017 bill to limit “conversion therapy,” therapy that seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation.

The House and Senate almost passed a ban on conversion therapy for minors last year, but they failed to agree on a final version of the bill.

Opponents of conversion therapy argue that there is no evidence that it is possible to change a person’s sexual orientation.  There is evidence that conversion therapy instead harms patients by reinforcing self-hatred and anxiety over sexual orientation. 

Some religious organizations argue that opponents of conversion therapy are only trying to normalize homosexuality.  There is also some concern that a ban on conversion therapy will interfere with the ability of parents and religious leaders to counsel youth about sexual orientation.

Do you support limiting conversion therapy?  Let us know in the comments.

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