“The Republican governor of Maryland signed into law a ban on licensed therapists or counselors providing minors with therapy to resolve gender confusion or unwanted homosexual attraction.
Larry Hogan signed the so-called Youth Mental Health Protection Act into law on Tuesday. The state Senate passed the bill 34-12 in March, and the state House 95-27 in April.
‘The governor was pleased to sign this bill, and believes it’s the right thing to do,’ Hogan spokeswoman Amelia Chasse told Metro Weekly.
Starting in October, it will be illegal to perform on a minor ‘any effort to change the behavioral expression of an individual’s sexual orientation, change gender expression, or eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender.’ Violators will be deemed to have ‘engaged in unprofessional conduct’ and risk a suspension or revocation of their health or child care licenses.
The ban applies to all minors regardless of whether they or their parents desire or consent to the treatment. It leaves Maryland minors struggling with such conditions and wanting to overcome them no other choice but to go to another state for treatment…
Many former homosexuals have attested to the success of various therapies that helped them overcome unwanted same-sex attraction.
Republican Sen. Bryan Simonaire criticized the bill for being an overreach as well as dangerous.
‘The definition is so expansive this bill could revoke someone’s license and livelihood by a simple conversation,’ said Simonaire…
As for gender confusion, studies have found that between 80 percent and 90 percent of children experiencing gender dysphoria outgrow it on their own by late adolescence. It is unclear whether Maryland’s ban, which expressly permits providing ‘acceptance, support, and understanding’ of homosexuality or transgenderism, would apply to merely advising minors that their unwanted feelings are likely to be temporary.
Additionally, experts such as the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons’ Dr. Jane Orient object that these bans take away patients’ ‘right to choose their therapeutic goals’ as recognized in the Hippocratic Oath. Others warn that reinforcing a child’s gender confusion rather than either treating it or letting it naturally subside is dangerous to their mental and emotional stability.
Forty percent of transgender Americans have attempted suicide, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). A report last year from the University of Cambridge found that 96 percent of transgendered Scottish students attempted self-harm and 40 percent attempted suicide.
Ten other states — Connecticut, California, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington — as well as the District of Columbia already ban reparative therapy. New Hampshire and Hawaii are likely to follow.”