"The Supreme Court has cement shut any possible opening to allow further psychological child abuse in California," state Sen. Ted Lieu, the law's sponsor, said Monday. "The Court's refusal to accept the appeal of extreme ideological therapists who practice the quackery of gay conversion therapy is a victory for child welfare, science and basic humane principles."
Psychiatrist Jack Drescher, M.D., who in 2000 drafted APA's position statement opposing sexual orientation conversion or reparative therapies, told Psychiatric News that,"While legislation is not the ideal way to promote best clinical practices in psychotherapy settings, the reality of what is happening on the ground left few options. The fact is that vulnerable children are being brought by their parents to 'therapists' engaging in questionable practices in order to change their sexual orientation. APA and other mainstream health and mental health organizations have found no scientific basis for the efficacy of conversion therapies, and in refusing to hear an appeal of California's gay conversion 'therapy' ban for minors, the Supreme Court has rightly acknowledged that regulating what licensed professionals can say to their patients is not the same thing as regulating free speech."
APA's position statement on reparative and conversion therapies is posted here.
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