The effects of conversion therapy can lead to psychological and emotional abuse that can cause irreversible damage in minors.

However, it’s not banned in the United Kingdom. That’s why an online petition was signed by 256,392 people to outlaw it.

It’s now up to the Members of Parliament to debate whether or not to grant the people’s wish to ban it, as reported by BBC News.

The government already said in July that it wanted to “ban attempts to suppress an individual's gender identity or sexual orientation,” but it has not happened yet, according to BBC News.

Conversion therapy is the practice of changing a person’s (usually a minor’s) sexual orientation or suppressing a person’s gender identity. It can be so harmful that hundreds of religious leaders call for the ban as well.

It can range from electric shock therapy to religious teachings.

Boris Johnson, the prime minister of the U.K., said the practice was "absolutely abhorrent" and "has no place in this country," according to BBC News.

In 2018, Theresa May, who was the prime minister at the time, vowed to eradicate the “abhorrent” practice after analyzing a survey of 108,000 LGBT individuals across the U.K, according to the Independent.

The results in the survey showed that 5% (5,400 people) had been offered the therapy by a range of faith organizations, healthcare providers, and family members while 2% (2,160) had undergone it.

It was then that May’s department considered “all legislative and non-legislative options” to prohibit promoting, offering or conducting the therapy in the U.K, the Independent reported.

However, according to BBC News, ministers have not yet published any details of those considerations, but vowed again to "work to deepen our understanding and consider all options for ending the practice of conversion therapy."

According to the petition, the Parliament debated this on March 8.


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