Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Psychology
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3/19/19  10:05 pm
Commenter: Jonathan Clough

A therapy ban is wrong, dangerous, and unconstitutional - protect counselors and patients

I implore you NOT to advance administrative rules that would attempt to end-run the legislative process and achieve a so-called "conversion therapy" ban that was defeated legislatively already during the 2018 session.  

Such a ban is wrong, dangerous and unconstitutional.  It is wrong because it is a blatant assault on free speech and the truthful acknowledgement and recognition of biological and genetic reality.  It is dangerous because it denies patients access to facts, tools, resources, and assistance to reconcile their feelings with their biology and avoid the often self-destructive paths that gender dysphoria often takes. Finally, it is unconstitutional because there is no statute authorizing such policy or rulemaking, and if there were such a statute, it would run afoul of the Virginia constitution.  


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