Tell the Senate: No to the Therapy Ban
The House of Representatives passed the Therapy Ban Bill (HB 587). Now, it is to be taken up by the Senate HHS committee. Here’s what HB 587 would do:
- Muzzle therapists and restrict their speech in a clinical setting. (Coercive or abusive treatment is already illegal – this ban would extend the law to ban talk therapy.)
- Ignores a patient’s right to set their own therapeutic goals. A client dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria would not be able to get the help they need and want.
- Infringes on the religious liberty of therapists.
- Threatens businesses with violation of consumer protection law for “conducting or advertising for conversion therapy.” For example, a bookstore selling a book about successful reparative therapy could be cause for “unfair and deceptive” acts and fined accordingly.