(March 7) –The House gave final approval to a bill by Rep. Paul Rosenthal to ban so-called “conversion therapy” on minors and therefore to ensure that no more Colorado children are subjected to this harmful practice.
“We have a responsibility to protect Colorado children from the harmful and discredited practice of gay conversion therapy,” said Rep. Rosenthal, D-Denver. “The nation’s leading mental health associations warn against the dangers of this practice and studies have shown that minors being subjected to this therapy are at a higher risk of drug and alcohol abuse, depression, and suicide.”
“Conversion therapy” is a dangerous and discredited practice aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation or suppressing a person’s gender identity. The practice has been rejected by every mainstream mental health professional association. HB17-1156 prohibits physicians specializing in psychiatry and licensed or registered mental health professionals from engaging in conversion therapy with patients under 18 years of age.
The 38-27 vote sends the bill to the Senate.