The following comes from a May 15 LifeSiteNews article by Dustin Siggins:
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-CA, is expanding her fight against reparative therapy, a form of therapy that seeks to help men and women with unwanted same-sex attraction.
At the same time, former patients, medical professionals and advocates of the therapy are striving to counter what they say is a campaign of misinformation aimed at taking away their freedoms.
In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, Speier demanded that the agency investigate “the claims and advertising practices of therapists who perform conversion therapy, in order to identify those that are making dangerous, scientifically invalid claims.”
She also demanded that the commission “properly assess the practice of conversion therapy as ‘unfair or deceptive.’”
Licensed clinical counselor Christopher Doyle said in a statement that the term “conversion therapy” is inaccurate.
“Youth that seek therapy for unwanted same-sex attractions or gender identity conflicts believe there are specific causes for their attractions, such as sexual abuse, and this therapy helps them resolve those causes and the desires that are a consequence,” said Doyle.
“Any society that grants the right to an adolescent to decide to terminate a pregnancy cannot rationally suggest that this same adolescent should not have the right to freely participate in conversational counseling to discuss sexuality,” said Pruden.