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Capitol Health Call
April 12, 2016

Lawmakers Urge Crack Down on Fraudulent “Conversion Therapy”

JAMA. 2016;315(14):1443. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.3749

Democratic lawmakers recently wrote Edith Ramirez, chair of the Federal Trade Commission, to express their concern over the practice of “conversion therapy” to try to change young people’s sexual orientation (http://1.usa.gov/1T6xQ3T).

“This practice falsely promises to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity,” wrote Sen Patty Murray (D, Wash), Sen Cory Booker (D, NJ), Rep Jackie Speier (D, Calif), and Rep Ted Lieu (D, Calif). “We urge the Federal Trade Commission to take all actions possible to stop the unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent practice of conversion therapy….”

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