Letter Urging All Utah Legislators to Oppose H.B. 399 – Conversion Therapy Ban
We, as concerned parents and citizens of Utah, the Utah Empowered Families Coalition, and other Utah organizations concerned about the welfare of Utah’s children, urge you to oppose H.B. 399, the proposed bill to ban change therapy for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion. Although well intentioned, H.B. 399 will cause great harm to the very children it is intended to help. This is because it is based on the following three false claims:
False Claim #1: Sexual attractions and gender identities are fixed and unchangeable.
FACT: Attractions and self-perceived identities are fluid, and many people have changed.
False Claim #2: If we don’t ban change therapy, more people will commit suicide.
FACT: A number of people have testified that change therapy actually prevented them from committing suicide. (See websites above.)
False Claim #3: All licensed Utah therapists who provide change therapy use abusive techniques such as painful electric shock treatments.
FACT: This claim is an absurd scare tactic. This practice was discredited and abandoned decades ago by all professional therapists.
(See NARTH.org.) If this is truly a concern, then Utah should pass a bill specifically banning shock therapy while protecting mainstream, ethical and voluntary change therapy.
10 Serious Negative Consequences if H.B. 399 is Enacted
We urge you to OPPOSE HB 399 – Prohibition of the Practice of Conversion Therapy Upon Minors
Empowered Families Coalition
Utah Eagle Forum
Family Watch International
Worldwide Organization for Women
United Women’s Forum
Loving Liberty Inc.
Utah County Republican Assembly
The Leadership Foundation
Principles of Freedom