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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Agency
Department of Health Professions
 
Board
Board of Counseling
 
chapter
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
Action Unprofessional conduct - conversion therapy
Stage NOIRA
Comment Period Ends 8/7/2019
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7/27/19  4:16 pm
Commenter: Carmencita B. Clay

Protect Parents' Rights to make Decisions about their own children's care, Upbringing and Education
 

I oppose this and any other regulation that seeks to infringe on parental rights to care for their own children and make decisions about their upbringing and education for the following reasons:

  • Parents are closest to their child’s challenges; they are in the best position to make healthcare decisions involving the wellbeing of their child.
     
  • Under Virginia law, parents have the fundamental right to make decisions regarding the upbringing, education and care of their children. 
     
  • Some young people may have attractions they desire to change or moderate. Others may simply desire guidance from a counselor to live a chaste life. In either instance, there should be options for families to make informed decisions. 
     
  • The proposed ban would deny families the freedom to seek counseling aligned with their faith.
     
  • Licensed professionals with years of education and experience should not be removed from the process of helping children work through these sensitive and deeply personal issues. 
CommentID: 74576