Norwegian parliament set to ban conversion therapy

Norwegian parliament set to ban conversion therapy
The parliament building in Oslo. Photo: dreamnordno/Depositphotos
Norway’s MPs will on Wednesday decide whether to ban the practice of conversion therapy.

The country has for some time considered outlawing the ‘therapy’, a pseudoscientific practice which seeks to change the sexual orientation of an LGBTQ+ person through psychological or spiritual intervention. In extreme cases, methods such as electroconvulsive therapy have been used.

No reliable evidence exists that sexual orientation can be changed and medical bodies have warned that conversion therapy practices are potentially harmful.

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The therapy has been criticized in Norway for impeding the right of LGBTQ people to be themselves, Norwegian news agency NTB writes.

Parliament is expected to vote through the ban against the treatment, with three governing right-wing parties – the Conservative, Liberal and Progress parties – all set to vote in favour along with the opposition.

That leaves the Christian Democratic Party alone in voting against the proposal.

Conversion therapy is already prohibited in the United Kingdom, and Germany also has plans to put a ban in place.


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