Conversion Therapy

Politics • European • Germany
Germany bans "gay conversion therapy" for minors

The newly passed law bans the practice of conversion therapy to change or suppress the sexual orientation of minors in Germany. While the practice stays legal for adults, children that are forced into it by their parents and legal guardians can be punished and people practicing the interventions can be fined for up to 30,000€ and face up to a year of prison time. According to experts, the treatment has no scientific basis and research suggests that it can increase the risk of suicide and lead to depression.