ICYMI: REP. TED LIEU & DAVID DINIELLI OP-ED ON SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”

March 9, 2016
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ICYMI: REP. TED LIEU & DAVID DINIELLI OP-ED ON SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”

Washington - Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) and David Dinielli have penned an exclusive opinion piece for The Hill.  The op-ed, entitled “Time to Put an End to ‘Conversion Therapy’” draws upon recent efforts to investigate conversion therapy as fraud.  Last year, Congressman Lieu introduced the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, the first federal bill aimed at preventing conversion therapy.  David Dinielli is the deputy legal director at the Southern Poverty Law Center and worked closely with Congressman Lieu to introduce the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act.

In the op-ed, Mr. Lieu and Mr. Dinielli write:

“This form of quackery, rooted in the idea that gay people are mentally ill and need to be “cured,” has been thoroughly discredited by the medical and mental health establishments. Instead, there are countless stories demonstrating that the practice has many harmful side effects, including depression, suicidal thoughts and family alienation…”

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“For far too, long conversion ‘therapists’ have profited off of the fraud that is conversion therapy. The FTC must take action by investigating People Can Change and other practitioners. Congress, with support from both sides of the aisle, must also pass a federal ban on conversion therapy.”

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“It’s time to stop the lies and protect our fellow Americans.”

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The full text of the op-ed can be found here.

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