A state senator in California – where lawmakers already demand that school children “celebrate” the life of pedophile Harvey Milk and ban any negative discussions about being “gay,” such as the short expected lifespan – now wants to ban some therapies for children entirely.
A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing is scheduled May 8 on SB 1172, a bill by Sen. Ted Lieu to impose state limits on what therapists can tell their patients. His proposal would require that counselors “warn” their patients about “risks” of sexual-orientation-change therapy and ban such treatment for juveniles, even if both they and their parents want it.
“I can honestly say this is one of the most outrageous, speech-chilling bills we have ever seen in California – and that’s saying a lot,” saidBrad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute.
He said the main purpose of SB 1172 is to limit the ability of psychologists, therapists and others to help adult or minor clients with sexual orientation change efforts.
The plan flatly bans the advice for minors, regardless of what the minor and his or her parents desire. It also demands a new consent form from adults that includes statements about sexual orientation with which many counselors disagree.
Ultimately, it creates essentially an open-ended civil liability for engaging in such speech.