PENCE bill would ban conversion therapy in New York

Posted on 23 Nov 2016 at 1:57pm
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Mike Pence, who probably doesn’t care for the bill named after him

A New York legislator has introduced the Prevention of Emotional Neglect and Childhood Endangerment, or the PENCE bill, to ban conversion therapy in the state, according to Fortune magazine.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence supports moving AIDS prevention funds to conversion therapy.

In February, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a series of rules that cracked down on the practice, according to the Albany Times Union. That included a ban on Medicaid payments to support the practice.

“Conversion therapy is a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice that is counter to everything this state stands for,” Cuomo said at the time.

The bill was introduced by Patrick Burke, a Buffalo Democrat. Democrats have the majority in the New York state Assembly and will have a majority in the Senate in the upcoming session.

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