conversion therapy

Lightbody introduces bill to ban conversion therapy

BY: - February 11, 2020

A Democratic Ohio state representative has introduced legislation that would ban the use of conversion therapy for treating minors, a press release said Tuesday. The process of conversion therapy is considered emotionally traumatic and has been linked to higher rates of suicide and depression, according to the American Psychological Association.  State Rep. Mary Lightbody, D-Westerville, […]

Conversion therapy is a discredited practice. Ohio hired its advocate as an expert witness.

BY: - February 5, 2020

The Ohio Department of Health hired a conversion therapy advocate to serve as its expert witness in a civil rights lawsuit filed against the state, despite the medical world’s rejection of the practice.  ODH lawyers retained Dr. Quentin Van Meter, a pediatric endocrinologist from Georgia, at rates reaching $450 per hour, to support the state’s […]