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  5:00 pm
Commenter: Pia Pell

please do not limit choice

A ban for minors on "any practice or treatment that seeks to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity...etc, etc", proposed by unelected state regulators, has several problems for a free, democratic society which has enshrined free speech and religious freedom in a Bill of Rights, and protects parents' fundamental right to make decisions regarding their children's upbringing, education, and healthcare.  First, this ban concerns an issue that is controversial and brand new; it is totally inappropriate to force the ideas of a few elites on vast numbers of citizens who do not agree with these unelected officials' views.  Second, it severely limits treatment options and counseling options for children and parents who are uncomfortable with feelings that go against biology, science and evolution and want help to understand the origin of these feelings, and potentially work to change these feelings.  Third, it will render unable to practice, many experienced, respected, licensed professionals.   Fourth, it fundamentally goes against the basis of our country: the individuals limiting treatment choice and parental rights are individuals who work for the state and have not even been elected.   

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