St. Louis bill would ban sexual conversion therapy for minors in city

Ingrassa: "It's exceedingly dangerous and just absolutely does not work."

Kevin Killeen
November 07, 2019 - 9:16 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Conversion therapy for minors, attempting to switch their sexual orientation to heterosexual, would be banned in the city of St. Louis, under a bill being introduced in the board of aldermen.  
Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia says the practice is ineffective and psychologically harmful.  

"Most of the major medical associations and psychiatric/psychological organizations have come out completely against the practice," Ingrassa told KMOX's Kevin Killeen. "It's exceedingly dangerous and just absolutely does not work."
Her bill would NOT apply to conversion therapists whose practice is federally-protected because of a religious affiliation. Any currently operating state-licensed therapist would NOT be grandfathered in.
Alleged violators would be investigated by the city health department and could face a civil fine.

The bill will be introduced Friday.

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