Senator Amanda Chase (R – Chesterfield) posted on Facebook Friday that she attended a “Conversion Therapy Working Group” in Henrico County.
Conversion therapy is defined as – the pseudoscientific practice of trying to change an individual’s sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual using psychological or spiritual interventions.
There is virtually no reliable evidence that sexual orientation can be changed and medical bodies warn that conversion therapy practices are ineffective and potentially harmful.
Read what Chase posted on Facebook below:
Today, I attended the Department of Health Professionals “Conversion Therapy Working Group” in Henrico County. The group is made up of representatives from the boards of Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Medicine, and Nursing. They were called because during this past session SB 245 and HB 363 (Conversion therapy; prohibited by certain health care providers) were passed by indefinitely in committee. They are considering whether to impose this policy upon Virginians anyway by “inclusion of such a prohibition in their unprofessional conduct regulations.”
These bills prohibited any licensed professional in Virginia from offering “Sexual Orientation Change Efforts” to people under the age of 18. Sexual Orientation Change Efforts was defined as “any practice or treatment that seeks to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender”.
I voted against this bill (voted yes to pass by indefinitely) in the Senate Education and Health committee because it violates free speech, religious liberty, and endangers children who should be able to receive helpful counsel.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) opposes psychiatric treatment “based upon the assumption that homosexuality is a mental disorder or based upon the assumption that a patient should change his/her sexual homosexual orientation” and describes attempts to change sexual
It is worth noting that prior to this post, Chase has been receiving a lot of backlash on social media due to her style of debating with constituents on Facebook.
Constituents have also been accusing her of blocking them and deleting comments if they disagree with her on the social media site.
One comment directed towards Chesterfield residents that can be seen in the screen shot below takes a shot at liberals, “The best cure for a liberal is a job. It is easy to be a liberal when it’s not their money. 😉”
Chesterfield resident Emily Hartman talked to Richmond 2day about her comment being deleted. “I feel confident that in 2016 Senator Chase was offended by being called deplorable. If Senator Chase is going to knock on doors in the 7th with Dave Brat and ask for our votes, she will not be successful by insulting taxpayers. Senator Chase should keep in mind that even those that disagree with her pay her salary in the General Assembly.”
You can see some of the screenshots below:
We reached out this week to Chase’s team for a quote for this story, but we have yet to hear back.
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