Mass Live reports:
Massachusetts therapists can no longer use a type of therapy that tries to alter a teenager’s sexual orientation. Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed into law a bill banning licensed health care professionals from providing conversion therapy to anyone under 18.
Fifteen states and Washington, D.C., have already banned conversion therapy, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
Baker, a Republican, signed the bill despite concerns by Republicans in the state Senate over whether the ban infringed on parents’ rights to control their children or on therapists’ free speech rights.
Good news!! Thank you Massachusetts. Only 34 more states to go to ban conversion therapy, a form of child abuse. https://t.co/XfAaJ8QYxW
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 8, 2019
Great news that Massachusetts will finally put an end to the horrific & illegitimate practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors. But conversion therapy for minors is shockingly still permissible in 34 states. We must abolish this practice nationwide.https://t.co/pRXRv4SJLj
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) April 8, 2019
🇺🇸 #USA – LGBT conversion therapies are now illegal in:
+ Washington DC & Puerto Rico
— LGBT Rights News (@rightswatchLGBT) April 8, 2019