VAIB Alert: May 15th Deadline - Dangerous Ban on Biologically Affirming Counseling

Released: Thursday, May 02, 2019

ACT NOW to DEFEND Biologically Affirming Counseling (BAC). Deadline: just before midnight MAY 15th. Minors who need potentially life-saving, Godly counseling are under threat of having helpful talk therapy BANNED in the Commonwealth. Social workers are under threat of having their licenses revoked and careers RUINED for speaking simple truths and following their conscience to actually treat a minor who desperately needs their help.

After the Virginia Board of Psychology adopted a similar new guidance document, the Board of Social Work is pushing a ban on so-called “conversion therapy”—a straw-man term that typically lumps helpful treatments together with shock therapy and other extreme measures. We FAVOR Biologically Affirming Counseling as Christians who respect the truths of God’s Word and how it displays itself throughout all His creation—including the very best science, medicine, and human behavior.

Minors who suffer from unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA) or gender confusion (“Gender Dysphoria”) would be DENIED potentially life-saving talk therapy. The guidance would force counselors to ONLY AFFIRM a child’s or youth’s unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion as “healthy” and “good.”

Please oppose the proposed “Guidance Document on the Practice of Conversion Therapy (125-9)” on the Department of Health, Board of Social Work electronic townhall site with four concerns:

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 Today’s Biologically Affirming Counseling is NOT “shock therapy”      or any other outdated mode of treatment.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.

    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).

You don’t have to include whole paragraphs when you comment, but please mention one or more of these four main points TODAY before the Midnight, May 15th deadline! And believe me, it could be a DEADLINE for many young Virginians.

http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/L/Comments.cfm?GdocForumID=12