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Reparative Therapy?

Court blocks California law banning gay conversion therapy
By LISA LEFF, Associated Press, 12/21/2012
The appeals court's order prevents the state from enforcing the law, SB1172, while a different three-judge panel considers if the measure violates the First Amendment rights of therapists and parents.
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Backers of the ban say the state is obligated to outlaw reparative therapy because the practice puts young people at risk and has been rejected by every mainstream mental health association. After signing SB1172, the governor called the therapies it would outlaw "quackery" that "have no basis in science or medicine."


This whole issues is causing me to have doubts about the whole profession of psychotherapy. Isn't it already illegal to practice psychotherapy without a licence? You can be a "life coach" or a "spiritual counselor" without a license but you can't practice medicine without a licence. And it was my understanding that you can't experiment on human beings without proper safeguards. "Reparitive therapy" has not been found to be effective. If you are are testing to see if you can do it effectively than it is an experimental technique that should be regulated as experimental human testing. If you can't get permission to run your human testing then you can't do it. If it is technique that has been rejected by the regulating organization then anyone doing it should lose their licence.

The first amendment does not give you the right to experiment on people or practice medicine without a licence. End of discussion.

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Many things are causing me to bang my head against the wall lately.