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Bill would make sex conversion therapy for minors illegal

Wisconsin State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison)
Wisconsin State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin senator wants to prohibit minors from getting sex conversion therapy. 

Madison Democrat Fred Risser is seeking co-sponsors for a bill to prohibit licensed mental health providers from seeking to change the sexual orientation of anyone under 18. 

Risser says similar bills have been proposed in Minnesota, New York, and Maine -- and they've passed in California and New Jersey. 

Risser tells the Wisconsin Radio Network it's unproven that a doctor can use psychotherapy to change a youngster's sexual orientation -- and it could cause the person problems for a lifetime if it's tried.

Risser calls it a scam, and doctors who try it could be found guilty of criminal misdemeanors under the senator's bill. 

Risser says that to his knowledge, sex conversion therapy is not a widespread practice in Wisconsin -- and he wants to keep it that way. 

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