Mexico Senate Approves Ban On Harmful Conversion Therapy

By a vote of 69-2, Mexico’s Senate has voted to ban and criminally punish so-called conversion therapy, the debunked pseudo-science that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
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By a vote of 69-2 (16 abstentions), Mexico’s Senate has voted to ban and criminally punish so-called conversion therapy, the debunked pseudo-science that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

From Bloomberg News:

The legislative reforms ban any therapy or treatment used to “impede, restrict, diminish, annul or suppress a person’s sexual orientation, identity or gender expression,” the Citizens Movement political party said in a statement.

The changes to the Federal Penal Code and the Health General Law were approved with 69 votes in favor, two against and 16 abstentions, the Senate said on its Twitter. The lower house will subsequently vote on the bill.

Read the full report here.

Related: Conversion Therapy Costs U.S. $9 Billion Per Year