Counseling Ban Approved by Children and Families Committee

In one of the quickest movements seen in recent years on Beacon Hill, yesterday the Joint Committee on Children and Families heard testimony on SB 70 and sent it out of committee with a favorable report. It now will go to another committee, but could then go to the floor for a full vote at any time.

Contrary to what the leftists tell you, this legislation does NOT target extreme treatment practices, but instead focuses on any talk therapy or counseling that is in any way not affirming of gender identity confusion in children.

The Counseling ban is a dangerous bill (SB 70) that criminalizes any understanding of gender theory contrary to liberal ideology. Please take two minutes to call and email your legislators if you have not already done so.

SB 70 targets parents simply trying to assist their gender confused children by requiring that any counseling (specifically talk therapy) that they receive affirm liberal gender ideology and sex changes. A well-meaning mental health provider would be handcuffed and not able to explore the source of a client’s feelings, and be required by law to affirm hormone therapy and sex change surgery, regardless of the views of parents or what is in the best interest of the child.

It has been reported in a variety of news outlets (The Federalist, New Boston Post) that parental disagreements regarding children’s counseling relative to gender identity have begun to come up in custody battles. This legislation would empower courts to side with a parent demanding a child receive surgery and hormones over a parent looking to allow a child to develop naturally. This is despite the fact that many children out-grow gender confusion and could be permanently sterilized by surgery or hormone therapy.

SB 70 states that if a parent sends a child to counseling that disagrees with liberal ideology (like any parent, particularly religious parents might do), the counseling will be labeled as child abuse and the Department of Children and Families can take the child away.

This issue is developing rapidly. How else can you help? Please share this post with like-minded friends to ask that they call or email their legislators as well immediately.

We will keep you posted as we have updates regarding this legislation.

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