And the problem with McGwire’s definition of “conversion” is that any patient self-identifying as trans could accuse their therapist of trying to “convert them” simply because the therapist questioned their reason for identifying that way. Even if, in the drafting of this bill, the act of questioning is not in itself criminalised, the subjective nature of the definition “conversion”, and the intangibility of perceived intent, would lead doctors and therapists to err on the side of caution and refrain from engaging in the difficult and upsetting conversations needed for psychological diagnosis.
How can you do any form of psychological diagnosis unless there is at least some questioning? Some assertion of the null hypothesis at some point? And if conversion therapy is to be verywidely defined then it will indeed include the banning of questioning or the assertion of the null hypothesis, no?