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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7/27/19  4:34 pm
Commenter: L.L.Schexnayder

Respect Parental Rights

What happened to the "right to choose" - the right to choose to get help with unwanted attractions?  This is a decision for parents to help their child make, not government bureaucrats.  Parents are in the best position to make healthcare decisions for 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 they may simply need guidance from a counselor to live a chaste life.  These options should not be denied to families.  The proposed ban would deny families the freedom to seek counseling aligned with their faith

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