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Dr. Mike Davidson: “professional bodies deceive the public”

March 31, 2014 By: Tom Coy Category: Gay Politics, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

February 21, 2015

The following excerpts are from the article “Opponents of therapy for unwanted same-sex attractions have no scientific backing” on the Christian Post website: … “Dr. Mike Davidson, Director of Core Issues Trust, says that despite several official requests for scientific evidence that supports the professional bodies’ opposition to therapies for unwanted same-sex attraction, neither has provided any evidence.” …

“Dr. Davidson says that moving forward, it is necessary that national and world medical and mental health associations deal in a professionally responsible manner with the issue of therapeutic choice concerning unwanted same-sex attraction and do so with scientific integrity rather than taking an ideological standpoint. He says persistent warnings from the professional bodies and supported by media organisations, that therapies have the potential to do harm, are misleading and do a disservice to the general public. To fail to provide individuals in opposite sex marriages, for example, with the opportunity to reduce or eliminate homosexual feelings, where possible, is a harmful prohibition denying autonomous individuals freedom of choice to preserve the marriages and families they value.”

“‘In effect the professional bodies deceive the public when they warn there is potential for harm – given that all medical intervention has the potential to do harm – without qualifying the warning by indicating that there is no science to show the degree of risk from therapeutic help for unwanted same-sex attraction is greater, the same or less than the risk potential of all other psychotherapies.’”