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Minnesota strives to become the next state to ban conversion therapy

Minnesota strives to become the next state to ban conversion therapy

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Minnesota is the latest state to take steps to becoming the next state to ban the harmful practice of conversion therapy on minors.

If the state of the Twin Cities legalzies the prohibition of this pseudoscience, it will become the 17th state in the US to do so.

On Thursday (25 April), the Democrat-led House voted yes on an amendment to HF bill 2414. It was a mostly partisan vote, amending a larger health bill.

The amendment prohibits ‘any practice by a mental health practitioner or mental health professional […] that seeks to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity’. It applies to patients under 18 years old.

This includes ‘efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender’.

As other state’s legislation has detailed, the amendment does not apply to people seeking counseling as they go through their gender transition.

Further, if a licensed professional is found to have attempted conversion therapy with a minor, they may face disciplinary action.

One Democrat opposed

Rep. Julie Sanstede (D) opposed the amendment, according to Pioneer Press, claiming the ban goes ‘too far’.

‘There is not a person in this chamber who supports the abuses and atrocities we heard about,’ she said. ‘But this goes too far in taking away the right of the individual in determining the outcome they choose.’

Rep. Hunter Cantrell (D) disagreed, however, and said the bill doesn’t affect adults and only prohibits licensed officials.

A growing movement

Banning the practice of conversion therapy — trying to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity through spiritual or psychological means — is become increasingly common across the United States.

Recently, Massachusetts and the territory of Puerto Rico both banned it.

Minnesota’s amendment now heads to the Republican-controlled Senate.

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