Start of debates at the Valais Grand Council on the ban on conversion therapy – rts.ch

Start of debates at the Valais Grand Council on the ban on conversion therapy – rts.ch
Start of debates at the Valais Grand Council on the ban on conversion therapy – rts.ch

The Valais Grand Council begins debates on the ban on conversion therapy on Monday morning. A practice which aims to modify a person’s emotional, sexual or gender identity orientation and which is particularly practiced in certain religious circles.

In Switzerland, Neuchâtel is currently the only canton to have legislated on the issue, formally prohibiting these “therapies”. But all the other French-speaking regions have already launched discussions in this direction.

Texts, more or less advanced, are thus on the table of the Grand Councils of Vaud, Jura, Geneva, Bern and, more recently, Fribourg.

The majority of parties in favor of a ban

According to PinkCross, the umbrella association of gay organizations in Switzerland, 14,000 people are or have been subject to conversion therapy throughout the country. In Valais, however, no figures could be formulated.

In the canton, the majority of parties say they are in favor of such a ban. During the consultation, only the UDC showed its disagreement with this provision.

The Valais Medical Society states that it is not opposed to the project. She nevertheless wishes to specify the types of therapies that should be banned.

Upcoming federal legislation?

Other MPs and organizations finally suggest waiting for federal legislation on the matter. But in Bern, the work of Parliament is still far from being completed. Elected officials are currently struggling to define the contours of a possible ban law.

The Valais Council of State therefore wants to take the lead. The introduction to the review which begins Monday morning could thus lead to a decision as early as Thursday.

Diana-Alice Ramsauer

#Swiss

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