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4/10/19  1:45 pm
Commenter: Ariana Rivens, Psychology PhD Student, University of Virginia

Ban Conversion Therapy
 

Major professional medical and counseling organizations have already denounced conversion therapy, so the state of Virginia would be upholding this standard by banning its use. It is unethical to promote a treatment that lack credibility and has been found to actively harm individuals by exacerbating psychological distress, some of which may contribute to suicide and self-harming behaviors among this population. Adolescents deserve to have evidence-based treatment that prioritizes their overall well-being, values their agency, and allows them to navigate their sexuality with respect rather than condmenation. 

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