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DelBene Calls on FTC to Ban Conversion Therapy

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Washington, DC, March 18, 2016 | comments
WASHIGNTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) joined colleagues in sending a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging them to ban so-called “conversion therapy.”
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WASHIGNTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) joined colleagues in sending a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging them to ban so-called “conversion therapy,” which is considered harmful by medical, education, social work and mental health professionals.

“We implore the FTC to use its consumer protection rulemaking authority under the FTC Act to ban ‘conversion therapy,’” the letter states. “With no basis in any scientific evidence, these ‘conversion therapies’ falsely claim to alter an individual’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity. It is clear now, more than ever, that the FTC has the authority to act to protect our children from the false and misleading practice of conversion therapy.”

DelBene has also helped introduce the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act (H.R. 2450) with Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33). The bill would classify for-profit conversion therapy as fraudulent under the Federal Trade Commission Act.

“Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender don’t need a ‘cure,’ they need equality under the law,” DelBene said.

The full text of the letter can be read HERE.


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