California Bill Would Ban Conversion Therapy to Make Gay Teens Straight

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"The main concern I have here is that those who are exposed to these therapies are mostly children and adolescents and they can't consent for their own treatment," said Janssen. "Most of these parents think they're doing right by their children, but it's a harmful treatment and they're exposed to dangerous methods that have negative outcomes on self-esteem, depressive symptoms and identity consolidation."

"Whether or not this bill passes, it's important that this discussion happens," said Janssen. "It lets people know that sexual orientation is not something that people choose or change, and exposing children and adolescents to the idea that who you are is not good enough is something that contributes to an overall negative psychological long-term outcome."

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