Ban Conversion Therapy For Minors!

Ban Conversion Therapy For Minors!

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Hailey Berk started this petition to Congress

Twenty nine states and 4 US territories still allow conversion therapy for minors.  Conversion therapy subjects LGBT children to an aggressive process of reformation meant to make them heterosexual or cisgender, as the case may be. The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry is one of the many organizations who reject this practice. It may be labeled as “therapy”, but science is not the driving force behind it.

There is no concrete proof that conversion therapy actually changes people’s identities. Rather, it is fueled by intolerance, often far-right religious ideology. Not only is this process ineffective, it is also highly dangerous. Children are vulnerable. They don’t have a choice if their parents put them in conversion therapy. They don’t have a say in the price they must pay. And the price is a steep one.

Adolescents who have gone through conversion therapy are over eight times more likely to attempt suicide, almost six times more likely to report high levels of depression, and more than three times more likely to use illegal drugs. It is not enough to let individual states create their own legislation regarding conversion therapy. After all, plenty have failed to step up to the task. Conversion therapy is morally wrong. It is time for the government to start protecting our children, and ban conversion therapy for minors nationally.

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