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Wednesday August 17th, 2022 morning edition

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order Tuesday to ban conversion therapy, a discredited form of therapy that seeks to change someone's sexual orientation or gender identity, for minors.

The executive order directs state agencies to discourage conversion therapy for people of all ages, and to instead promote evidence-based practices for supporting LGBTQ people.

The order also directs the Department of Human Services, among other agencies, to ensure that state funds are not being used to provide or reimburse for conversion therapy.

Survivors of conversion therapy have said that it can include talk therapy and being urged to take on traditional gender roles.

Mathew Shurka, a conversion therapy survivor and co-founder of Born Perfect, a national campaign to end conversion therapy, said Wolf is "taking a critical step to protect LGBTQ minors" in Pennsylvania.

The governor's executive order cited research that has found conversion therapy contributes to negative mental health outcomes among LGBTQ youth.

The number was higher for transgender and nonbinary young people, 18% of whom reported being subjected to conversion therapy. »

Florida court says teen is not 'mature' enough to have an abortion

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But the three-judge panel of the state's 1st District Court of Appeal, which covers northern Florida, sided Monday, for the most part, with Frydrychowicz.

Abortion rights in Florida were endangered even before the Supreme Court in June overturned Roe v. Wade.

In April, DeSantis signed into law a measure banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, a measure that is being challenged in court. »

Nigerian man is locked up after saying he is an atheist

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A Nigerian man has been incarcerated in a mental health institution by his family after saying he had lost his belief in God.

The family allegedly told the doctor that he had also made delusional claims that he was a "governor" and other "trivial lies".

"And my brother added that all the atheists I see have had mental illness at some point in their life.". »

Saudi woman given 34-year prison sentence for using Twitter

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By all accounts, Shehab was not a leading or especially vocal Saudi activist, either inside the kingdom or in the UK.

Twitter declined to comment on the case and did not respond to specific questions about what – if any – influence Saudi Arabia has over the company.

The European Saudi Organization for Human Rights condemned Shehab’s sentence, which it said was the longest prison sentence to ever be brought against any activist. »