In what’s being described as a win for the LGBTI community, Israel’s Medical Association have officially started restricting doctors from attempting to change an individual’s sexual orientation using so-called conversion therapy.
The restrictions placed on doctors was made after a comprehensive review of studies and position papers from other organisations, was made by the Israel Medical Association (IMA).
According to the paper, the review “showed an agreement that there is no place for any treatment based on the assumption that homosexuality is a disease or a disorder that requires treatment.”
“The treatments to change one’s sexual orientation have been found to be ineffective and could cause mental damage, such as anxiety, depression and suicidal tendencies,” explained the group, which currently represents over 95% of the physicians in Isreal.
According to reports, in response to the outcome of the paper, the IMA told its members that, “There is a special danger in referring children and teenagers to treatment meant to change one’s sexual orientation.”
Backing up their statement, the IMA referenced further research conducted by the Israel Psychiatric Association, the Israeli Adolescent Medicine Society, the Israel Pediatric Association, the Society to Promote Health in the LGBT Community, the Israel Association of Family Physicians, and the Israel Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Association.
The IMA ‘s move follows a recent and disturbing report by the Isreali news site Ynet about the extensive use of conversion therapy in the Middle Eastern nation – particularly by religious-based and motivated therapists.