Lawmakers hold hearing on bill that would ban conversion therapy

Boston Statehouse

For the second time, state lawmakers are making a push to ban conversion therapy which is the practice of altering the sexual orientation of a child.

The proposed ban would prevent state-licensed healthcare providers from offering conversion therapy services for minors. 

The bill, which was heard by the Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities last week drew a large crowd of supporters, including Pittsfield State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier.

Representative Farley-Bouvier was one of the more than a dozen lawmakers who spoke in support of the ban. She made sure to stress that the bill does not apply to adults, or to religious institutions.

Fifteen states have already banned licensed conversation therapy and the bill would only apply to therapy for minors under the age of 18.

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