I believe the statement that conversion therapy can harm more than it can help is largely inaccurate based on other studies and my personal experience. It can be more harmful to remain in the homosexual lifestyle based on certain health-related statistics and therefore unethical to not offer conversion therapy to those who are motivated to change for their own personal reasons.
I also agree with the following information:
“If it has been demonstrated that to offer clients healing through reparative therapy is harmful to them, then the authors would be correct in saying that the ethical standards of competence, integrity, respect for people's rights and dignity, and social responsibility have been violated. However, reparative therapy as it is currently practiced today, has not been demonstrated to harm clients.
There is an abundance of clinical data that suggests reparative therapy can help clients achieve more responsiveness to the opposite sex. There is also empirical data, albeit flawed, in that direction.
To not provide clients with what they request when the request is a reasonable one is irresponsible and unethical. It is also our social responsibility to let people know that the development of homosexuality as we know it today has not been proven to be a genetic inevitability, and that alternatives to embracing the homosexual lifestyle do exist.” http://www.narth.com/docs/unethical.html
“We conclude that, contrary to conventional wisdom, some highly motivated individuals, using a variety of change efforts, can make substantial change in multiple indicators of sexual orientation and achieve good heterosexual functioning. Subjects that made less substantial changes still believed that such changes were extremely beneficial.” New Study on Sexual Orientation Therapies by Robert L. Spitzer, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Chief of Biometrics Research Department at the New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City, USA May 9, 2001
"There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles..."
March 6, 2008 American Psychological Association (APA) http://www.apa.org/topics/sorientation.html#whatcauses
I would like to comment on the above statement. Science has NOT proven anything. This is typical of the "pro-gay" agenda. They put out a lot of information that is not supported by science nor faith.