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Opponents of this bill will scream about "religious freedom" and allowing patients to decide what is best for themselves...uh, no. Religious freedom does not give one license to cause emotional harm to another individual. Patients who request this therapy are doing so because the homophobes around them have convinced them that being gay is bad. "Reparative therapy" is the symptom of a disease called homophobia. This bill goes a long way to curing this disease.
Via Think Progress:
A California Senate committee today advanced SB 1172, a bill that would help protect citizens from harmful, ineffective ex-gay therapy. The law does not outright ban all ex-gay therapy, but it does prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from undergoing sexual orientation change efforts. It also requires that any prospective patient sign an informed consent form that includes the following disclaimer:
Having a lesbian, gay, or bisexual sexual orientation is not a mental disorder. There is no scientific evidence that any types of therapies are effective in changing a person’s sexual orientation. Sexual orientation change efforts can be harmful. The risks include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior.Medical and mental health associations that oppose the use of sexual orientation change efforts include the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Counseling Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
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