Reparative Therapy, sometimes called Conversion Therapy or "Pray away the Gay" is a form of counseling which is sought by some people in order to change a perceived sexual orientation. While there is no evidence that it works, I was surprised to learn that the State Assembly of California has passed a bill SB1172 that criminalizes it.
What is surprising to me is that regardless of the effectiveness of the therapy, this would seem to be exactly the same "doctor-patient privacy" that is expected during an abortion. In both cases, this would seem to be a private medical procedure that is being barred. In both cases, there are studies which show both benefits and harm to the patients.
The question I have (and this is a serious question), what is the fundamental difference that allows California to ban one medical procedure but not another?