Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
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4/16/19  10:49 am
Commenter: Mr. Garcia

Let doctors do their job and parents raise their children DO NOT BAN CONVERSION THERAPY

Do not ban conversion therapy! Protect freedom of choice


  • Parents are closest to their children’s challenges and they are in the best position to identify solutions and to make healthcare decisions involving the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing of their children.
  • 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 moderate. Others may simply desire counseling to live a chaste life. In either instance, there should be options for families to make informed decisions. (Even if it may not help all who wish to change or moderate their desires, it may help some, and people should seek to improve the therapy for these people rather than ban it, which would give  people no choice in how to deal with these emotions if they want to change them.)
  • A ban would deny families the religious freedom to seek counseling aligned with their faith. 
CommentID: 71463