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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7/26/19  8:39 pm
Commenter: Mimi A

Stop the ban and defend parent rights

Stop the ban and defend the freedom and rights of parenthood.

Parents are closest to their child’s challenges; they are in the best position to make healthcare decisions involving the well-being of their child.
Parents have the fundamental right to make decisions regarding the upbringing, education and care of their children.  This must not be changed; if it is tampered with, where/when will it stop.  Being a preteen and teenager has always been a confusing time, but they are not adults yet; they need unhindered, loving guidance from their parents. 

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 values and/or faith.

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