Earlier this year, the government was criticised after it debated a petition which sought to ban gay ‘cure’ therapy, and despite condemning the practice, they didn’t make it illegal. Now, a new petition to ban the harmful practice has been launched.
The petition was launched by Josh Parry, the Liverpool Echo journalist who went undercover and exposed The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry, which was offering to ‘cure’ people through starvation.
At the time, the pastor of the church defended the practice, saying that in the 20 years that the church had offered the service, “nobody has dropped dead.” Parry’s petition reads: “Earlier this year the Department of Health acknowledged that conversion therapy is not only ineffective, but also dangerous.
“They also claimed they are already doing enough to make sure it doesn’t happen – however our investigation proved it still goes on today.
“So why haven’t they banned it yet?
“Studies show that those who undergo ‘conversion’ are 8.9x more likely to have suicidal thoughts, and 5.9x more likely to suffer depression. “They are dangerous and do not work so today we’re calling upon the government to make offering these ‘therapies’ a criminal offence and call an end to these harmful practices once and for all.”