Bill to Ban Conversion Therapy Passes Senate

A bill that would ban mental health providers in Iowa from providing conversion therapy has passed the state Senate. The vote was a straight party line vote of 26-24 Tuesday. If approved, the bill would prohibit a licensed mental health provider from offering therapy that attempts to change the sexual orientation of a person under 18. The therapy has been discredited by several major medical groups. Senator Joe Bolkcom told the AP that the bill will protect young people from the therapy, while Republican Senator Julian Garrett told the AP that parents and minors should be able to pursue the professional medical care of their choice.

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