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Bill Banning Gay Conversion Therapy Heads to Rauner's Desk After Senate Approval

The initiative would prevent mental health providers from using the treatment on anyone under the age of 18

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    Illinois Senator Friday approved a ban on therapy designed to "convert" gay young people to heterosexuals.

    The measure -- HB217 -- passed with a 34-19 vote after receiving House approval this month. It heads to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk. He didn't immediately respond for comment.

    Sen. Daniel Biss sponsored the bill. The Evanston Democrat says mental health associations support the measure that addresses therapies that can cause "mental illness, trauma and can increase the risk of suicide."

    The initiative would prevent mental health providers from using the treatment on anyone under 18 years old.

    Sen. Tim Bivins said teens and their parents should be able to choose the therapy. The Dixon Republican pointed out women under 18 years can have abortions or take pregnancy-prevention pills.

    California, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. have enacted bans, and the first national bill banning the practice was introduced into Congress last week


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