The media attention on the harmful ex-gay therapy performed in Dr. Marcus Bachmann’s Christian counseling clinic shines new light on a law his wife tried to pass when she was in the Minnesota state Senate in 2006. The “Minnesota Expanded Health Care Practices Act for Licensed Health Care Professionals” (SF 2984) sought to create a legal right to “expanded health care,” defined as any treatment or approach “not generally considered to be within the prevailing minimum standards of care of a profession or that are not standard practices of a profession in a particular community.” It also would have established legal protections for any practitioners who offered such expanded health care:
Subd. 7. Complaints; investigations. A practitioner’s license or registration shall not be revoked, suspended, or conditioned, or have any other form of reprimand imposed or be denied a license or registration if the practitioner is practicing in compliance with this chapter and the practitioner has: (1) recommended or utilized expanded health care practices; (2) referred a patient to, or comanaged a patient or client with, a practitioner of expanded health care practices or a practitioner who is practicing in compliance with chapter 146A.
Bachmann proposed the bill in 2006, a year before the American Psychological Association began investigating ex-gay therapy, which they ultimately concluded was ineffective and harmful. She had previously endorsed “Love Won Out” in 2004, one of the many ministries under the Exodus International umbrella. Had the bill gotten more than just a reading, it would have used Minnesota law to protect Marcus Bachmann’s clinics and the credentials of his counselors from ever being challenged by patients who had negative results. The counselor in the Truth Wins Out undercover videos who was offering reparative therapy, Timothy Wiertzema, is one of many licensed professionals working for Bachmann.
(HT: Dump Bachmann)