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Davenport debating ‘conversion therapy’ ban tonight

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DAVENPORT — The Davenport City Council will be debating a “conversion therapy” during tonight’s virtual city council meeting.

The Quad City Times reported that the ordinance would bar medical or mental health providers from providing or advertising conversion therapies to minors. Minors would also have up to a year after their eighteenth birthday to file complaints about conversion therapy.

According to the Times, complaints would be handled by the Civil Rights Commission.

Iowa, unlike other states, does not have a statewide law banning “conversion therapy.”

Sarah Eikleberry, an associate professor at St. Ambrose University, is urging the council to pass the ordinance.

“I think it’s very on-brand for a city that calls itself vibrant, progressive and livable,” Eikleberry told the newspaper. “It would also increase our municipal equity index from the Human Rights Campaign’s scale, which is something some businesses consider when they look to bring their commerce here.”

Davenport scored 80 on the annual Human Rights Campaign’s index, behind other Iowa cities like Cedar Rapids and Des Moines.

The Times reported that the ordinance had broad support on the city council.

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