Monday, November 28, 2016

Mike Pence did advocate conversion therapy in 2000, it seems

There’s some nasty stuff on Facebook right now claiming that Mike Pence wants to divert funding from AIDS vaccines and treatment research to “conversion therapy”.   Hopefully, he no longer believes this, but I can’t say we’re sure based on any recent statements.

Of course, mandatory and even voluntary conversion therapy is illegal now in a number of states.  But I did check around a bit.

Snopes has this article from Oct. 26, 2016 called “Shock Treatment”.

It does seem, according to the Internet Archive, that Pence had supported some sort of conversion therapy in 2000, before the 107th Congress, .

Towleroad reminds us of this history with this reference.

Buzzfeed also has the link, which accentuates the idea of changing sexual behavior (to heterosexual??) to reduce the risk of spreading or amplifying HIV (a right wing argument from hardliners in Texas in the early 1980s).

Politifact also has the story.

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