Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed a bill on Wednesday to ban the use of gay conversion therapy on minors, making the Evergreen State the eleventh in the nation to prohibit practice, KIRO 7 News reported.
“We don’t let parents or doctors make decisions to let broken legs be treated in something that ends up losing both your limbs,” Inslee said.
“It’s unprofessional, it’s damaging, it is not scientifically credible and it violates not only our values, but the mental health of kids with decades of depression ahead of them if they are told to hate themselves.”
Danny Cords, a survivor of conversion therapy, likened the treatment to torture.
“Snapping a rubber band on my wrist, putting a rock in my shoe so I could always be thinking of Christ and not everything else that was going on in my brain because of biology,” Cords said to KIRO 7.
“It’s a shame that we’ve gone this far in 2018 and haven’t outlawed this therapy nationally,” Cords added.
The new law prohibits licensed therapists from performing conversion therapy on anyone under 18, deeming it “unprofessional conduct.”
Health care providers could face steep fines, suspension or revocation of their professional licenses if caught performing the widely discredited practice.
The Hill added:
The state House also added language covering non-licensed counselors to the bill, prohibiting anyone operating with a religious organization, religious denomination or church from performing controversial therapy.