Four Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to the head of the Federal Trade Commission Monday urging the agency to "take all actions possible" to stop the practice of "conversion therapy" for LGBT youth.
The letter, penned by Sens. Patty Murray (Wash.) and Cory Booker (N.J.) and California Reps. Jackie Speier and Ted Lieu, calls on FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez to prevent businesses from counseling individuals to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. Under the Federal Trade Commission Act, the FTC has the authority to prevent "unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce."
"Conversion therapy provokes guilt, anxiety and societal rejection that negatively impacts healthy development of children and youth," reads the letter. "We urge the Federal Trade Commission to take decisive action to stop the unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent practice of 'conversion therapy.'"
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