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Shrinks To Take on Reparative Therapy

There’s no shortage of criticism for reparative therapy: the so-called conversion therapy employed by ex-gayers in their efforts to cleanse the world of the homosexual scourge. While a number of psychologists have come out against the controversial treatment – the same treatment used on Ted Haggard – the American Psychological Association’s upping the ante by establishing a five-person task force to examine the method’s potentially hazardous repercussions.

Though the head-shrinking group’s yet to select members for this task force, they are considering including at least one person who claims to have been successfully transformed. One doctor, Grove City College’s Dr. Warren Throckmorton worries that if the APA comes out against reparative therapy, “homosexuals who are discontented with their lifestyle will have fewer options,” according to The Christian Post. Throckmorton tells them:

What we’re talking about is the right of clients who are unhappy with their feeling (of same-sex attraction). Those people have the right to seek therapy to help them live the way they want to live – the way they value.

Well, yes, they have the right to seek therapy, but do therapists have the right to pursue methods that have been called harmful and, even worse, ineffective? We think not…

On:           Feb 27, 2007
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