Monday, October 1, 2012

Calif. Bans 'Conversion' Therapy For Teens

Calif. Bans 'Conversion' Therapy For Teens, Mental-health practitioners can no longer perform sexual-orientation change efforts. Calif. first to ban gay teen 'conversion' therapy, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that makes California the first state to ban a controversial form of psychotherapy that's aimed at making gay teenagers straight.

Effective Jan. 1, mental health practitioners are prohibited from performing sexual orientation change efforts - known as reparative or conversion therapy - for anyone under 18.

The therapies "have no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery," Brown said in a statement.


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