Tell AZ legislators: no protections for conversion therapy
On 3/24, AZ committee members will hear a last-minute bill protecting the abusive practice of conversion therapy.
Today at 2pm, House Criminal Justice committee will hear a "strike-everything" amendment to SB1269. The amendment revives contentious language that would ban banning conversion therapy.
You read that right. This law would make it illegal to ban the pseudoscientific, homophobic behavior modification program used by fundamentalist religions.
Conversion therapy is linked to increased rates of suicide among patients, and has been described as a form of torture by the widely opposed by prominent medical associations including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The amendment's language is deliberately broad and vague. Conversion therapy is not mentioned by name, but is the striker's true intent. Essentially, it prohibits state or local governments from directing the professional conduct of a health care professional. This would have the effect of preventing governments from enforcing conversion therapy bans, such as one currently on the books in Pima County.
What can you do? Contact committee members before 2pm today. We've made it easy to that here. And if you are a Request to Speak user, please sign in against SB1269 as soon as possible.
(And if you are a Request to Speak user, don't forget to sign in AGAINST SB1269 before 2pm today.)
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