France unanimously approves ban on sexual reorientation therapies

The French parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill banning and carrying out sexual “reorientation therapies” aimed at enforcing heterosexuality, punishable by three years in prison and fines.

“These unworthy practices have no place in the Republic. Because being yourself is not a crime because there is nothing to heal,” said French President Emmanuel Macron on his official Twitter profile, forty years after homosexuality was decriminalized in the country.

The measure, adopted by the entire French House of Lords with 142 votes in favour, provides for sanctions of up to two years in prison and fines of 30,000 euros if the physical or mental health of the person affected is altered. . .

France unanimously approves ban on sexual reorientation therapies
France unanimously approves ban on sexual reorientation therapies

Also, if they act on a minor or on a person over whom they have authority or who suffers from a defect, the penalty is increased to three years in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros.

For her part, French Deputy Minister for Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunities, Élisabeth Moreno, has stated on her official Twitter account that “conversion therapies, barbaric practices from another era, are now definitively banned” in the country, so there is “nothing to cure “.

This type of “reorientation therapy” usually consists of exorcism sessions, hospitalization, or electroshock sessions, a series of abuses that have lasting psychological and physical effects on the victims.

Other types of common practices include religious and drug therapies, often conducted by religious institutions, including practices such as saying prayers and taking medication.

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