California Might Make Conversion Therapy Consumer Fraud
by Samantha Allen
August 29, 2018
Conversion therapy does not do what it claims to do.
Several major medical organizations—such as the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics—oppose the practice of trying to change someone’s LGBT identity on the grounds that it is not only harmful but ineffective.
Yet this medically condemned practice remains legal in the majority of U.S. states.
Those that have banned it have mostly done so by passing laws that only affect licensed professionals who offer the debunked therapy to minors. That leaves plenty of wiggle room for practitioners of conversion therapy to continue peddling their product to adults—or even to minors, so long as the provider is unlicensed.