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“California is poised to become the first state in the nation to take action against the roundly repudiated practice of reparative therapy. A bill which would crack down on the archaic practice passed the California State Senate this afternoon. The bill next needs to pass the State Legislature before heading to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.
The bill, SB 1172, passed by a 23-13 vote, and sends a clear message that reparative therapy is a misguided endeavor that can have serious side effects. Perhaps most importantly, the bill prevents anyone under the age of 18 from undergoing reparative therapy under any circumstances. For those over age 18, the bill requires informed patient consent before proceeding. The consent form for the procedure will come directly from the State Department of Mental Health, and will include a powerful message for prospective patients to take in:
“Having a lesbian, gay, or bisexual 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 have not been shown to be safe or effective and can, in fact, be harmful. The risks include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior, and suicide.”
Virtually every major medical and mental health organization has condemned reparative therapy, including the Americans Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychiatric Association.”