Entry #1101: Conversion therapy in Norway

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RegionNorway
IssueConversion therapy
StatusNot banned
Start Datepast
End DateDec 12, 2023
DescriptionConversion therapy is not banned in Norway. In 2022, the government introduced a proposal to ban the practice, but the adoption of a new law according to this proposal has been delayed over concerns that a total ban would infringe on the rights of those who consent to conversion therapy. The Minister of Culture and Equality, who originally proposed the ban, hopes it will come into effect in autumn 2023, despite these concerns. Although legal, conversion therapy has been considered malpractice by the Norwegian Psychiatric Association for over 20 years. Approximately 90% of all authorized psychologists in Norway belong to this organization (as claimed by the organization itself).
Sourceshttps://cne.news/article/2937-ban-conversion-therapy-in-norway-delayed https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J236v07n01_05 https://test.psykologforeningen.no/foreningen/english


Revision History (3)

Revision by lucasvalentim. The date was updated due to the approval of a new bill on conversion therapy by the the norwegian parliament.

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End Date(NONE)Dec 12, 2023

Revision by daikman. the previous version said the status of conversion therapy was ambigous. From a legal point of view, however, it is clearly not banned in Norway. Additionally, a few people have reported that this entry is out of date.

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NoteNot necessarily "banned," but certainly considered unethical by the the Norwegian Psychiatric Association and is frowned upon in the industry.

"In 2000, the General Assembly of the Norwegian Psychiatric Association overwhelmingly voted for the following position statement on sexual orientation change therapy:

'Homosexuality is no disorder or illness, and can therefore not be subject to treatment. A ‘treatment’ with the only aim of changing sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual must be regarded as ethical malpractice, and has no place in the health system.'"

Norway intends to officially ban conversion therapy in 2022.
Conversion therapy is not banned in Norway. In 2022, the government introduced a proposal to ban the practice, but the adoption of a new law according to this proposal has been delayed over concerns that a total ban would infringe on the rights of those who consent to conversion therapy. The Minister of Culture and Equality, who originally proposed the ban, hopes it will come into effect in autumn 2023, despite these concerns.

Although legal, conversion therapy has been considered malpractice by the Norwegian Psychiatric Association for over 20 years. Approximately 90% of all authorized psychologists in Norway belong to this organization (as claimed by the organization itself).
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Not necessarily "banned," but certainly considered unethical by the the Norwegian Psychiatric Association and is frowned upon in the industry. "In 2000, the General Assembly of the Norwegian Psychiatric Association overwhelmingly voted for the following position statement on sexual orientation change therapy: 'Homosexuality is no disorder or illness, and can therefore not be subject to treatment. A ‘treatment’ with the only aim of changing sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual must be regarded as ethical malpractice, and has no place in the health system.'" Norway intends to officially ban conversion therapy in 2022. Conversion therapy is not banned in Norway. In 2022, the government introduced a proposal to ban the practice, but the adoption of a new law according to this proposal has been delayed over concerns that a total ban would infringe on the rights of those who consent to conversion therapy. The Minister of Culture and Equality, who originally proposed the ban, hopes it will come into effect in autumn 2023, despite these concerns. Although legal, conversion therapy has been considered malpractice by the Norwegian Psychiatric Association for over 20 years. Approximately 90% of all authorized psychologists in Norway belong to this organization (as claimed by the organization itself).
Sourceshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_orientation_change_efforts
https://cne.news/artikel/1372-norway-bans-conversion-therapy
https://cne.news/article/2937-ban-conversion-therapy-in-norway-delayed
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J236v07n01_05
https://test.psykologforeningen.no/foreningen/english
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_orientation_change_efforts https://cne.news/artikel/1372-norway-bans-conversion-therapy https://cne.news/article/2937-ban-conversion-therapy-in-norway-delayed https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J236v07n01_05 https://test.psykologforeningen.no/foreningen/english
Reports (3)
  • Newer law has been passed "Conversion therapy has been banned since the 12th of December 2023."
  • Status is not correct "Amended bill is now in parliament. The chair Standing Committee on Family and Cultural Affairs has confirmed that the bill will be put to a vote in the plenary before the end of December 2023. There is a confirmed majority in favor of the ban. Still uncertainty on how large the majority will be."
  • Newer law has been passed "The government has sent the proposal to the parliament, where it will soon pass. Source: https://www.nrk.no/nyheter/vil-ha-forbud-mot-konverteringsterapi-1.16449365"

Revision by Notdog1996

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NoteNot necessarily "banned," but certainly considered unethical by the the Norwegian Psychiatric Association and is frowned upon in the industry.

"In 2000, the General Assembly of the Norwegian Psychiatric Association overwhelmingly voted for the following position statement on sexual orientation change therapy:

'Homosexuality is no disorder or illness, and can therefore not be subject to treatment. A ‘treatment’ with the only aim of changing sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual must be regarded as ethical malpractice, and has no place in the health system.'"
Not necessarily "banned," but certainly considered unethical by the the Norwegian Psychiatric Association and is frowned upon in the industry.

"In 2000, the General Assembly of the Norwegian Psychiatric Association overwhelmingly voted for the following position statement on sexual orientation change therapy:

'Homosexuality is no disorder or illness, and can therefore not be subject to treatment. A ‘treatment’ with the only aim of changing sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual must be regarded as ethical malpractice, and has no place in the health system.'"

Norway intends to officially ban conversion therapy in 2022.
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Not necessarily \"banned,\" but certainly considered unethical by the the Norwegian Psychiatric Association and is frowned upon in the industry. \"In 2000, the General Assembly of the Norwegian Psychiatric Association overwhelmingly voted for the following position statement on sexual orientation change therapy: \'Homosexuality is no disorder or illness, and can therefore not be subject to treatment. A ‘treatment’ with the only aim of changing sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual must be regarded as ethical malpractice, and has no place in the health system.\'\" "banned," but certainly considered unethical by the the Norwegian Psychiatric Association and is frowned upon in the industry. "In 2000, the General Assembly of the Norwegian Psychiatric Association overwhelmingly voted for the following position statement on sexual orientation change therapy: 'Homosexuality is no disorder or illness, and can therefore not be subject to treatment. A ‘treatment’ with the only aim of changing sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual must be regarded as ethical malpractice, and has no place in the health system.'" Norway intends to officially ban conversion therapy in 2022.
Sourceshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_orientation_change_effortshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_orientation_change_efforts
https://cne.news/artikel/1372-norway-bans-conversion-therapy
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_orientation_change_efforts http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_orientation_change_efforts https://cne.news/artikel/1372-norway-bans-conversion-therapy
Reports (5)
  • Date is incorrect "The law proposed has is set to be voted on in parliament (Stortinget) the summer of 2023. But there is debate on the legal definition of conversion therapy and of how to define what sort of "methods" like prayer groups and religious counseling would fall under religious freedom and freedom of speech. The initial proposal was limited to children under the age of 18, but currently the proposal is a blanket ban on all conversion therapy regardless of age. The proposal, if enacted, will have some of the strongest punishment for conversion therapy in the world of up to 6 years in prison for the most serious cases (where it could/is causing "significant psychological damage"), while the "normal" punishment set to be up to 3 years in prison. The proposal also bans marketing of conversion therapy. Sources: 1) Norwegian newspaper Vårt Nov 18th 2022 Land, https://www.vl.no/nyheter/2022/11/18/vedgar-tvil-om-forbud-mot-konverteringsterapi-er-lovlig/ 2) Norwegian government website, hearing on proposal: https://www.regjeringen.no/no/aktuelt/forbud-mot-konverteringsterapi-pa-horing/id2920610/"
  • Status is not correct "It's 2023 but conversion theraoy has sadly not been banned"
  • Newer law has been passed "It’s 2023 it hasn’t happened "
  • Other "It is 2023, and it says that a law banning conversion therapy is intended to be passed in 2022."
  • Newer law has been passed "It’s banned"

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