How sad...this prevents children with SSA from getting the help they may seek. And it tramples parental rights.
Pro-family and parental rights groups are saying a new California law banning therapy for minors who struggle with same-sex attraction is disrespectful of both personal choice and parents' rights.
“Parents have the best interests of their children in mind, and if they determine that particular types of therapies or interventions are needed, that's certainly their right, and this law doesn't respect that,” Ned Dolejsi, director of the California Catholic Conference told CNA Oct. 2.
"This bill not only violates parental rights but the rights of the child to know the truth about true love, true friendship, marriage, and healthy use of human sexuality,” May said.
The law also raises concerns about religious freedom.
“It would prohibit Catholic, licensed counselors – including some priests, nuns and counselors in Catholic schools – from treating the whole person according to Catholic teaching. In counseling they can only affirm same-sex attraction or gender confusion, or put their licenses in jeopardy,” he said.
CINO Governor Brown claimed that conversion therapy has “no basis in science or medicine” and “will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery,” in a statement after signing the law.
Dolejsi added that the California Catholic Conference doesn't “have a position reparative therapy” but emphasized that “the legislature has banned this for minors to the exclusion of their parents’ desires and wishes.”
Legislatures “don't have the competence to make a decision about which therapies are appropriate,” and that decision should be left to psychiatric professionals, he stated.