ST. LOUIS, Mo. - A bill banning the controversial practice of so-called "conversion therapy" for minors will be introduced in the St. Louis Board of Aldermen on Friday, KMOX reports.

  

"Reparative" or "conversion therapy," a widely discredited practice which attempts to switch a person's sexual orientation to heterosexual, would be banned in the city of St. Louis under legislation being introduced by Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia.  
 

"Most of the major medical associations and psychiatric/psychological organizations have come out completely against the practice," said Ingrassia, who called it ineffective and psychologically harmful in an interview with KMOX's Kevin Killeen. "It's exceedingly dangerous and just absolutely does not work."
 
According to KMOX, Ingrassia's bill would NOT apply to conversion therapists whose practice is federally-protected because of a religious affiliation. Any currently operating state-licensed therapist would NOT be grandfathered in.
 
Alleged violators would be investigated by the city health department and could face a civil fine.

 

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