February 26th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Following the visit to Costa Rica by Spanish doctor, Jokin de Irala, who claims to have the “cure” for homosexuality, Costa Rica’s Psychologists Association flatly rejection the notion that such a “cure” exists, and lacks scientific basis.
The World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases and other Health Problems in 1990. Citing this, Marisol Fournier, a spokesperson of for the Psychologists Assocation, said, “since it is not a disease, it cannot be cured.”
“We do not focus on whether (gays) are born (gay) or (become gay), [but instead focus on who they are]. As psychologists, we must ensure conditions for these people to live a life with emotional integrity, and this means recognizing them as individuals with their own sexual orientation and fully unmark this idea of homosexuality as a disease,” Fournier said.
The Psychologists Association’s position says that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has warned that these therapies intended to “cure” homosexuality are totally unfounded in science, and can cause negative effects to those who are subjected to them.
The spokesperson of the Psychologists Association said that doctors who perform such therapies could face disciplinary proceedings.