California considering a bill to declare conversion therapy a “fraudulent practice”

By John Riley

A bill that would designate conversion therapy a “fraudulent practice” is moving through the California state legislature, clearing the first of several hurdles earlier this week.

Assembly Bill 2943, sponsored by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Cupertino), passed the Assembly Committee On Privacy and Consumer Protection on a bipartisan vote of 8-2.

If conversion therapy is considered a form of consumer fraud, then anyone who practices it is promising a product (change in sexual orientation or gender identity) that they cannot deliver.

That means that state regulatory bodies can then step in to effectively shut down the therapy by lodging complaints, fines, or taking other actions to prevent licensed therapists or counselors from carrying out the practices utilized in conversion therapy.

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