Tuesday, March 04, 2014

LGBT: Researchers Call For Legal "Safeguards" Against Conversion Therapy

An abstract from the American Journal of Bioethics/Neuroscience:

Our understanding of the neurochemical bases of human love and attachment, as well as of the genetic, epigenetic, hormonal, and experiential factors that conspire to shape an individual's sexual orientation, is increasing exponentially. This research raises the vexing possibility that we may one day be equipped to modify such variables directly, allowing for the creation of "high-tech" conversion therapies or other suspect interventions. In this article, we discuss the ethics surrounding such a possibility, and call for the development of legal and procedural safeguards for protecting vulnerable children from the application of such technology. We also consider the more difficult case of voluntary, adult "conversion" and argue that in rare cases, such attempts might be permissible under strict conditions.

So let's get this straight.

Today kids can undergo hormone therapy for an eventual sex change.

But if they want to change modify their same-sex attraction, that would be banned.

Because if they want to choose such a thing for themselves, that would be oppression.

AJOB Neurosci. 2014 Jan;5(1):4-12.
Brave New Love: The Threat of High-Tech "Conversion" Therapy and the Bio-Oppression of Sexual Minorities.
Earp BD, Sandberg A, Savulescu J.