“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.” Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute
A California committee catered to the gay agenda in a 5-3 vote to ban therapy for patients seeking help with unwanted same-sex attraction, calling such counseling “therapeutic deception.”
While banning outright such therapy for minors regardless of consent, Senate Bill 1172, introduced by the openly homosexual Senator Ted Lieu and backed by Equality California, makes it an actionable offense for a mental health professional to conduct such therapy with a consensual client “by means of therapeutic deception.” The offense can be brought to court by “a patient, former patient, or deceased former patient’s parent, child, or sibling,” with an eight-year statute of limitations for patients and five years for relatives.
The bill defines “therapeutic deception” as “a representation by a psychotherapist that sexual orientation change efforts ... can or will reduce” homosexual conduct or desire.
The bill further requires psychotherapists to hand clients a disclaimer sheet that states: “Having a lesbian, gay, or bisexual sexual orientation is not a mental disorder. There is no scientific evidence that any types of therapies are effective in changing a person’s sexual orientation. Sexual orientation change efforts can be harmful. The risks include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior.”
Ironically, the risks they list mirror the risks associated with homosexuality itself.
Lifesitenews pointed out that longitudinal studies document success for a majority of patients seeking therapy for unwanted same-sex attraction, despite the claim by gay rights activists that such therapy is ineffective.
A longitudinal study published last September found that a majority of individuals who persevered with sexual orientation therapy met with success, and that there was no increase in psychological stress associated with the therapy. The study backs the findings of a meta-analysis published in 2009, using over 600 professional and client reports published in peer-reviewed journals over a 100-year span, which concluded that homosexuality could be changed and that therapy to that end could be beneficial.
If we must call counseling to help patients with their unwanted sexual attractions “therapeutic deception,” what do we call gender reassignment surgery? Gender deception? What about abortion? Fertility deception? The Pill could be labeled hormonal deception and same-sex marriage: cultural deception.