Germany plans to ban gay ‘conversion therapy’

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11/04/2019

German Health Minister Jens Spahn unveiled a draft law on Monday that largely bans “conversion therapy” for LGBT+ people. The practice will be completely banned for all youths under the age of 18, the newspapers of the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) reported, citing a copy of the draft law. The law stops short of a complete ban, however, with consenting adults allowed to seek “treatment” for their sexuality — albeit under restricted circumstances. The practice would no longer be legal, however, if the person ended up consenting to the therapy after being deceived, coerced or threatened. Under the law, the ban would also be exempt for 16 to 18-year-olds if the practitioner can prove that the patient has the capacity to understand the implications and risks of treatment. Those who violate the law could face up to a year in prison or a fine. The report did not specify how high the fine would be.

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