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Indiana bills would ban ‘conversion therapy’

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INDIANAPOLIS — A new state senate bill would make Indiana only the second Midwestern state to ban “conversion therapy.”

The bill would bar a mental health provider from engaging in conversion therapy with a patient less than 18 years of age. Any provider who does would be subject to disciplinary action.

The bill, Senate Bill 32, was filed by J.D. Ford, an Indianapolis Democrat who is also the first out gay member of the Indiana General Assembly. He was elected to the State Senate in 2018.

The state house version, House Bill 1213, was filed by State Rep. Sue Errington, a Democrat from Muncie.

Illinois banned “conversion therapy” in 2015.

Bills to ban the practice were filed in 2019 but failed. Both the Indiana House and Senate have Republican supermajorities.

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