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  9:38 am
Commenter: Robert Penczak

Ban Conversion Therapy

As a humanist and a retired physician, I find it deeply disturbing that we even need to debate the morally abhorrent practice of conversion therapy in this, the 21st century, as if there's an argument to be made that the barbaric practice of turning a person against themselves on the basis of their sexual preference is somehow in that person's therapeutic interest. You will not find many physicians or scientists advocating on behalf of such torture. But you will find a whole lot of religious Fundamentalists who care neither for the Constitutional prohibition on fusing church and state nor for the welfare of our fellow human beings who will be traumatized and put at greater risk for dying by suicide if conversion 'therapy' - think psychological Inquisition - is allowed to go on. The State should criminalize attacks on gay people, not sanction them. Please ban conversion therapy now. The people who need therapy are the theocratically inclined religious zealots who falsely equate religious freedom with a fundamental right to weaponize their inhumane and inaccurate beliefs against whomsoever they choose. Conversion 'therapy' is abuse. Time for our government to defend innocent citizens by banning the practice rather than continuing to aid and abet the abusers. 

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