Germany bans ‘conversion therapy’


BERLIN — Germany’s parliament has passed a law that bans “conversion therapy” this week.

The BBC reported that the new law bans using the practice on people younger than 18 years old.

From the BBC:

Those breaking the new law can face up to a year in prison, or a €30,000 ($32,535; £26,268) fine.

Research suggests the controversial practice can lead to depression and increase the risk of suicide.

Under the law, passed on Thursday evening, minors will not be allowed to take part in medical interventions aimed at changing or suppressing their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Parents and legal guardians can also be punished for making their children take part through deception, coercion or threats.

The practice is banned by several states and cities, including Illinois.