Prohibition of conversion therapy: The bill examined by the National Assembly

The bill against conversion therapies carried by the deputy Laurence Vanceunebrock (LREM) will be examined this Tuesday, October 5 at the National Assembly. 

Conversion therapies which are "practices aimed at modifying a person's sexual orientation or gender identity" will be discussed by the MEPs at the Palais Bourbon this Tuesday, October 5.

A bill carried by the LREM deputy, Laurence Vanceunebrock, intends to fight against this phenomenon which had been described as "torture" by the United Nations in July 2020, and better frame it.

The text provides as a first step to "give a stricter definition" to what is conversion therapy. Secondly, the objective is to provide for penalties according to the offense committed and according to the three types of conversion therapy observed by Laurence Vanceunebrock and her colleague, Bastien Lachaud, during their information mission, namely , religious, medical or societal therapies.

In a video posted on Twitter by the National Assembly, the deputy Laurence Vanceunebrock, rapporteur of the text, returns to the need to legislate against this type of practice, she explains that this does not exist "really" in the penal code. “We cannot file a complaint for a specific offense, which would therefore be conversion therapy,” she stresses.

La Vie reports that in the context of this bill, the National Council of Evangelicals of France (CNEF) and the Catholic Church have recalled "their opposition to these practices".

Camille Westphal Perrier

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