Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Psychology
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3/20/19  2:04 pm
Commenter: A Hendershot

Parents don't have the right to harm their children

Conversion "therapy" is not based in medical science. It is based on the false claim that sexual orientation is a mental illness and it leads to increased feelings of isolation and shame, increased rates of substance abuse and suicidal thoughts and attempts. Just as the State should protect children from unethical, harmful pseudoscientific medical treatments regardless of their parents' beliefs, it should protect LGBTQ youth from harmful treatments that have no basis in science. LGBTQ youth deserve to be affirmed and accepted by their parents, families, and communities, which the evidence shows results in improved mental health outcomes. Do not let parents and therapsists subject their children to abusive, unscientific therapies under the guise of freedom from government overreach.  

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