By: Chang Ming-hsuan and Kuo Chung-han
Taipei, Jan. 2 (CNA) The Ministry of Health and Welfare plans to ban conversion therapy, which attempts
to change a homosexual person’s sexual orientation to heterosexual, and the regulation will be promulgated as soon as March.
On Dec. 30, the ministry published a draft regulation that listed conversion therapy as a prohibited treatment and would punish any physician who used the therapy to treat a patient.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to offer their opinions of the draft regulation for 60 days, after which the ministry will issue a regulation based on the draft.
According to the Physicians Act, doctors who engage in prohibited treatments are subject to fines of between NT$100,000 (US$3,095) to NT$500,000 and may be suspended for one month to one year. [FULL STORY]