North Carolina bans public funding of ‘conversion therapy’ for youth
August 2, 2019
North Carolina moved Friday to protect the state’s youth from “conversion therapy,” prohibiting state funding from being allocated toward the practice that claims sexual orientation can be changed, an idea that has been discredited by medical associations across the country.
In an executive order signed Friday, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper barred the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services from using state and federal funds for “conversion therapy” for North Carolinians under the age of 18.
“Conversion therapy has been shown to pose serious health risks, and we should be protecting all of our children, including those who identify as LGBTQ, instead of subjecting them to a dangerous practice,” Cooper tweeted shortly after signing the order.