Lawmakers Consider Bill To Stop Conversion Therapy

Feb 24, 2015

Lawmakers are considering a bill to stop therapists from performing 'conversion therapy' on minors.
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People who've undergone 'conversion therapy' to try to change their sexual orientation told lawmakers Monday that the therapy doesn't work and is emotionally damaging. 

Lawmakers are considering a bill to stop therapists from performing 'conversion therapy' on minors. The therapy covers a range of treatments aimed at changing sexual orientation.

Back in 1987, Jason Zenobia said his parents sent him to conversion therapy when he told them he was gay.

"They thought they were helping. They were ignorant of the reality of what a sexual orientation is. It's not a pathology, it's not an illness. It's not a sickness," Zenobia said.

Now, his parents said they oppose such therapy.

The U.S. Surgeon General said there is no scientific evidence sexual orientation can be changed. Representatives with the Oregon Family Council and the Northwest Religious Liberty Association testified against the bill. They said it's too broad and may restrict religious freedoms.

A work session is now planned. 

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