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3/19/19  10:42 pm
Commenter: Claire Fogarty

Conversion therapy is antithetical to the values of our Commonwealth
 

Conversion therapy is a dangerous and discredited practice. According to the American Psychiatric Association, “the potential risks of reparative therapy are great, including depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior, since therapist alignment with societal prejudices against homosexuality may reinforce self-hatred already experienced by the patient.”  The Pan American Health Organization says that conversion therapy "lack[s] medical justification and represent[s] a serious threat to the health and well-being of affected people.” Conversion therapy causes significant harm to vulnerable youth and it is antithetical to the values of our great Commonwealth.

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