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
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8/1/19  7:37 am
Commenter: Debby Porter

Conversion therapy is child abuse

The practice of conversion therapy, when inflicted on a minor, is child abuse. As a society we have long recognized the responsibility to protect children from abusive parents, whether they claim their religion gives them the right to harm their children or not.

The constitution may protect the right of a parent to be a bible-thumping bigot, but it does not enshrine a right to harm their children. This is long-established law.

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