Guidance Document on the Practice of Conversion Therapy
This proposal to ban comprehensive consuling as outlined in the above mentioned document in order to promote the LGBT agenda by eliminating all non affermative LGBT speech from the professional domain is attempting to trample on the Consituational rights of all individuals who hold to traditional values in Virginia, and should be rejected.
1. It denies services DESIRED by PATIENTS.
Children and youth with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion NEED Biologically Affirming Counseling that can help them potentially avoid permanent medical mutilation and sterilization, depression, and even suicide caused by maltreatment.
2. It usurps PARENTAL RIGHTS.
The Code of Virginia affirms parents’ “fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care of the parent’s child.” The new guidance would pave the way for court-ordered child abuse!
3. It VIOLATES social worker free speech and potentially LIFE-SAVING PRACTICES.
Again, the health and wellbeing of the child or youth would be endangered by a blanket ban on helpful counseling NEEDED by a counselor’s patient. Today’s Biologically Affirming Counseling is NOT “shock therapy” or any other outdated mode of treatment. The best science available proves gender identification and same-sex attraction are NOT IMMUTABLE and treating patients using false data is not just negligent, it’s potentially life-threatening!
4. It contradicts the U.S. Constitution, Virginia Statutes, and will of Virginians and their elected representatives in the General Assembly.
Finally, The U.S. Supreme Court recently rejected the state of California’s claim that “professional speech” receives less First Amendment protection than ordinary speech, stating that: “This Court has not recognized ‘professional speech’ as a separate category of speech. Speech is not unprotected merely because it is uttered by ‘professionals’ (NIFLA v. Becerra).