COLUMBIA, Mo. - Following a late night vote, on Monday, The Columbia City Council affirmed a ban on the practice of so-called conversion therapy on juveniles.


Mizzou Dr. Aaron Sapp said during the public hearing the controversial and discredited technique tries to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity, ABC 17 reports.


“Because of the twin daggers of no evidence in favor of it, and distinct evidence of harm from these efforts, numerous organizations have policies preventing their members from practicing this.”


The amendment, which had unanimous support from the council and everyone who spoke at Monday night's meeting, includes a ban on all types of conversion or reparative therapy on children under the age of 18.


“If Columbia’s going to be a medical destination for the state, I think this council needs to send a strong message, not just to our health care providers but to our families, that we only practice competent care here,” Mayor Brian Treece says.



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