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Malta First In Europe to Ban Conversion Therapy

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A new bill holds medical professionals responsible.

Malta pioneers human rights in Europe as it becomes the first country in the continent to ban gay conversion therapy.

The island nation recently passed the Affirmation of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression Bill, which makes the practice of conversion therapy illegal. Medical professionals found guilty of such practices could be fined $5,000 with a maximum sentence of five years in jail.

The Malta Chamber of Psychologists, the Maltese Association of Psychiatry, the Malta Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, and the Malta Association for the Counselling Profession released a joint statement, celebrating the news:

"We openly disapprove of practices that are harmful to people in our community. Not only does it reject a group of individuals on the basis of unfounded prejudice, but the lack of tolerance for diversity also impinges on the international recognition of LGBTIQ rights... As a body, we promote respect and equality for all persons. We are determined to continue working toward ensuring that our clients enjoy as safe a therapeutic experience as they deserve."

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