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S. 2008 (116th): Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2019

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Nineteen states have barred attempts at making gay people straight. Should the federal government follow?


Conversion therapy is the attempted process of switching gay or potentially gay people — most frequently adolescents — to heretosexuality. An estimated 698,000 American adults have undergone the therapy at some point in their lives, according to the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.

California became the first state to ban the practice for minors in 2012. Since then, a total of 19 states now ban the practice. For the most part they’re blue states, although Utah banned the practice in January.

About 52% of the estimated LGBTQ population still lives in states that allow conversion therapy.

What the legislation does

The Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act would institute a federal ban on …

Sponsor and status

Patty Murray

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Washington. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 27, 2019
Length: 10 pages
Jun 27, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on June 27, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


43 Cosponsors (41 Democrats, 2 Independents)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

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    — Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 4, 2020

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    — Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 21, 2019

Blackburn, Colleagues Urge Olympic Committee to Hold China Accountable and Ensure Human Rights Upheld at 2022 Beijing Olympics
    — Sen. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN] on Dec 5, 2019

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Jun 27, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 2008 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2008. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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