Child Abuse- Legal in Delaware?
Senate Bill 65 (SB 65) was an amendment to Delaware's conversion therapy law. It was signed into law by Gov. Carney in 2017. 

The bill says (lines 114-119) that if your child develops confusion about his/her identity, the only licensed professional counseling your child may receive is that which promotes a homosexual or transgender identity. Just like with Regulation 225, the state got in the middle between parents, their child, and qualified licensed therapists to say "WE KNOW BEST."
What is SB65 and Conversion Therapy?
SB 65 Summary, see the bill language.  

SB65 prohibits "conversion therapy," which the bill defines as “any practice or treatment that seeks to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity..." including "any effort to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender." 

SB 65 BANS any discussion or conversation between a licensed professional and a child that affirms his biological reality and helps him align with his faith and moral beliefs, regardless of self-determined goals. It bans any discussions that do not promote the "gender fluidity" or homosexual ideology in a child.  

The "any practice or treatment" can include talk therapy, which means that if a counselor simply talks to someone with gender identity issues about accepting their biological gender--even if that counselor is not forcing the client to accept their biological gender--this is conversion therapy.

The bill definition specifically allows therapy that encourages gender transitioning. Only therapy that is practiced "without seeking to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity" is allowed.

Medical professionals, counselors, and psychologists who practice "conversion therapy" or "[refer] a child to a provider in another jurisdiction to receive conversion therapy" will be subject to disciplinary action, including losing their license.

This law erroneously includes simple discussion about accepting biological sex as part of the banned "conversion therapy."  
The Health and Safety Risks of Banning Conversion Therapy
If a minor is experiencing gender dysphoria because of sexual abuse or psychological conditions such as depression, he or she will not have the option of learning to be comfortable with his or her biological sex. The only option is to succumb to the gender dysphoria.

For confused children and teens, instead of supporting a child's biological sex through natural puberty, the only help the State of Delaware will allow through SB65 is sending a gender-confused child down the path of chemical castration with puberty blockers followed by adding cross-sex hormones, which permanently sterilizes them and puts them at risk for heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and cancers and leads to minors making the decision to amputate healthy body parts (lines 83-93, 117-119).

Most minors in this situation will then:
-have surgeries and take hormones that the FDA have not approved for minors 
-have serious health issues like increased risk in breast cancer
-will face permanent infertility due to these hormones. 

The main argument for transitioning the genders of minors is that they will commit suicide otherwise. But studies show that even in the LGBTQ+ embracing society of Sweden, the suicide rate is higher among transgenders than the general population. Therefore, it is not the refusal to accept a person's gender dysphoria that causes the suicide 

The dangers with hormone therapy prompts even gay activists to caution their daughters against it. But this is no longer about health of our children; it’s about the government controlling individuals to obey their own agendas.

A gay activist mom concerned about their daughters' hormone therapy:

FDA has not approved a hormone used in gender transitions.

This is tragic, considering that 75%-95% of minors who experience gender dysphoria eventually accept their biological genders. Therefore, there is a high statistical probability that minors who do undergo surgical and hormone therapy will change their minds in their adulthood, but the damage done will be irreversible.

According to the DSM-5, as many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.
What About the Parents?
This is part of the larger agenda to force transgenderism on minors, often without the knowledge or consent of parents. Parents who object to their children receiving gender-transitioning treatment are considered unsupportive at best.   

This is excessive government control over the free speech of counselors and health care providers. It also prevents them from acting according to their conscience and limits them in being able to prescribe what is best for their patient. Not all children experiencing gender dysphoria are the same. As mentioned above, some experience it for other reasons (such as abuse) and the government is going behind the backs of parents and forcing counselors and medical care providers to ignore these facts.
SB65 and bills like it have a devastating impact on the careers of good therapists and mental health professionals, like Dr. Dovid Schwartz, a counselor in New York.
Additional concerns with SB 65:
  • SB65 not only interferes with a parent's right to direct the upbringing of his/her child, it interferes with free speech and prevents clients from seeking their own self-determined goals. The bill demands therapists provide counseling according to the will of the government - or they may lose their professional license. Instead, we should advocate for a discussion that promotes therapy guided by a client's self-determined goals NOT the will of the government!
  •  Many studies have shown a positive association between childhood sexual abuse and sexual confusion. Shouldn’t minors be given the opportunity to explore the idea that their sexuality/attractions may have been forced upon them by their abusers? The answer is "NO" if SB 65 passes.  
  •  SB 65, lines 83-93, says that gender confusion is not to be treated, even though there is ZERO scientific evidence connecting talk therapy to any kind of tangible harm. The American Psychological Association has concluded, "[t]here are no scientifically rigorous studies of recent that would enable us to make a definitive statement about whether recent sexual orientation change efforts is safe or harmful and for whom."
  •  Therapy bans put patient confidentiality at risk. Who would review patient records and determine that a therapist has or has not complied with laws like the therapy bans being considered in Delaware?
  •  ​SB65 forbids even talk therapy, a discussion, that would affirm a child's biological reality. SB65 positions parents and licensed professionals as abusers. This is how the premise of the bill language was expressed in Committee hearings by the bill sponsors. 
  •  So-called conversion therapy does not exist in Delaware. 
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