Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
Action Unprofessional conduct - conversion therapy
Comment Period Ended on 8/7/2019
Previous Comment     Next Comment     Back to List of Comments
7/31/19  9:48 am
Commenter: Nancy S Pendergrass, MPH, RDN

Do nor infringe parental rights

This proposal would infringe the fundamental right of parents to care for their children and violate their freedom  of speech and free exercise of religion.  Parents 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.  The proposed ban would deny families the freedom to seek counseling aligned with their faith.  You must protect the freedom of Virginia families to acquire the counseling they choose.

CommentID: 74646