The Portuguese head of state, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousaproclaimed this Saturday the decree banning forced conversion therapies for LGTB+ people in Portugal and punishing these practices with prison sentences and fines, the Presidency of the Republic reported in a statement.
The final document builds a sentence of up to three years in prison or fines for those who subject another person to this type of treatment, “including the creation or promotion of medical-surgical procedures, or practices with pharmacological, psychotherapeutic or other psychological or behavioral resources.”
Whoever imposes “irreversible changes” force you will receive a sentence of up to five years in prison.
In addition, those convicted of these crimes may prohibit the practice of the profession or activities involving habitual contact with minors for a period of up to 20 years.
To the condemned too You may be prohibited from having a minor in your care.in cases such as adoption, guardianship, foster care civil sponsorship, and other circumstances.
The punishments will get worse if it is done by two or more people if the victim is a minor or if those affected are particularly vulnerable people and other conditions.
The decree establishes that, one year after the entry into force of this law, the Government must conduct a study of the effect of standard use.
The document was approved by the Portuguese Parliament in December with votes in favor of the Socialist Party, Liberal Initiative, the Communist Party, the Left Bloc, the animalist PAN, and Livre (left).
The Social Democratic Party (PSD, center-right) and the far-right Chega.