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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8/3/19  9:22 pm
Commenter: Leslie Belvin

Respect Parental Rights!!

Respect Parental Rights!!

I oppose the proposed regulations that would prohibit faith-based counselors from advising parents and their children for the following reasons:

1.When minors have unwanted same-sex or mixed-sex attractions, they and their families should be free to seek counseling toward the resolutions they desire. Licensed professionals with years of education and experience should not be thwarted from the process of helping children work through these sensitive and deeply personal issues. 

2.This proposal would infringe on the fundamental right of parents to care for their children based on their religious beliefs. The proposed ban would deny families the freedom to seek counseling aligned with their faith.

3.Parents are closest to their child’s challenges; they are in the best position to make healthcare and faith decisions involving the well-being of their child.
4. Under Virginia law, parents have the fundamental right to make decisions regarding the upbringing, education and care of their children. 

5. The rights of parents to make decisions on behalf of their children must never be sabotaged by a Planned Parenthood agenda or by radical transgender politics.

6.Most Americans identify as being a part of a major faith group (2019 Pew Research Center)

The traditional religious views of at least the top three religions (Christian, Jewish, Muslim) involve moral guidelines and truth claims about the nature of male and female and human sexual behaviors. This proposal is detrimental and contrary to these long and deeply held views and makes no exemptions for those who hold them. Both those who counsel and those who seek counsel would be prohibited by the regulations from incorporating their faith when seeking resolution to a crisis of identity.

7. These proposed regulations harm children in these situations and prevent them from getting the help they need in their time of conflict. We owe it to our children to do everything in our power to ensure these policies' are defeated in every place they may be found. are limited to approximately 3000 words.

CommentID: 74960