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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8/7/19  5:06 pm
Commenter: Joshua Arnold, Family Research Council

Travesty for Free Speech

This regulation would be a travesty for free speech.

Under this regulation, counseling must proceed towards a state-determined objective, which serves only to maximize the number of LGBT-identified Americans for political purposes. Meanwhile, helping young persons sort out their feelings and emotions in an organic, healthy way is not allowed.

This is not a ban on conversion therapy; it demands conversion therapy. It forces minors towards irreversible surgeries and hormones to change their apparent sex.

It muzzles professionally trained, licensed counselors from talking through complex emotions with minors who are still trying to understand their own bodies.

This ban is not about protecting kids or preventing discrimination. It's about power. This is suppression of speech, plain-and-simple, because those who swept in a radical, new, scientifically unfounded ideology overnight are afraid that it won't stand up to careful scrutiny unless they can silence all dissent.

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