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New Jersey becomes the second state in the country to outlaw so called "conversion therapy" for minors. Today, New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, will sign the bill that passed the New Jersey state legislature. New Jersey joins California as the only two states that bans the harmful practices for minors.
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Producers of the Dr. Oz Show framed their program on so-called reparative therapy in a way that provided a lengthy platform for junk science, and a NARTH representative was introduced by Dr. Oz as an “expert” and spoke to countless parents and youth in the audience, as if NARTH’s work and practices represent legitimate and acceptable medical practices.
Recent developments concerning so-called “ex-gay” programs will likely capture media attention. When reporting on this issue, it is absolutely critical that journalists provide audiences with the proper context for this discussion.
Somewhere in America today, someone's loved one is going to hear what he or she wants to hear. Someone will walk away from today's episode of Dr. Oz holding even firmer to their belief that "reparative therapy" is sound practice.
Profiling people who want their lives to be “proof” that such programs “work,” comes with the responsibility of profiling people who are still working through the harm that has been caused through such programs.