(Victor Joecks, Las Vegas Review-Journal) – Liberals claim they want to keep government out of the bedroom, but they’re working to put government into your therapist’s office.
On Monday, Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas, presented SB201, which would bar mental health professionals, including licensed counselors and therapists, from practicing conversion therapy for minors.
“Conversion therapy, sometime referred to as reparative therapy, is a range of treatments that aim to change someone’s sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual as well as to change someone’s gender identity,” said Parks. “Conversion therapy is a dangerous, unscientific and unethical practice based on the premise that people can change their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
The science, however, isn’t what proponents assert, and looking at the evidence undercuts the bill’s rationale. In a review of almost 200 scientific papers published in The New Atlantis Journal in Fall 2016, Dr. Paul McHugh, a professor from Johns Hopkins University, and Dr. Lawrence Mayer, a scholar in residence at Johns Hopkins University, found that scientific evidence doesn’t show sexual orientation and gender identity are immovable.