Maine Conversion Therapy Ban Bill is on Its Way to the House and Senate

By March 9, 2018Maine
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A special thanks to those who responded to my last e-alert on this bill and called the members of the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee in opposition to L.D. 912, “An Act to Clarify the Scope of Practice of Certain Licensed Professionals Regarding Conversion Therapy.

This bill puts a ban on conversion therapy for kids under the age of 18 who are struggling with homosexual feelings and questions.

Update: The work session on L.D. 912 was held earlier this week and came out of Committee with five supporting and four opposing amendments and one opposed to the entire bill.  Now it will go to the House and Senate for votes.

This bill is an attack on parental rights, the 1st Amendment (religious rights of Christian Counseling services), medical facts, and more. As parents it is our responsibility to assist our children in living their lives out first and foremost based on facts, not feelings.  The Word of God continually instructs us on how it is God who determines right from wrong, not our feelings.  And, it is medical facts that determine what is and is not, not our feelings.

It is a parent’s right and responsibility to get the help that their child needs to navigate the sometimes turbulent years of childhood and adolescence when needed.  If this bill passes it will ban a parent from doing just that in regards to the issue of their child’s perception of their sex. If they take him/her to a professional for counsel, the counselor would be bound by the law to not oppose the child’s current perception of their sex.  It would be illegal for a counselor to present the fact that they were born a boy or a girl, but must accept the child-like concept that they can be who they want to be despite medical/scientific facts. If the female child wants to be called “he,” she must be called “he.”  What does this communicate to our children about life in general?

Helpful CWA resources on the topic:

 Take Action:

  • Please call and/or email both your representative and senator and ask them to vote “no” on L.D. 912, “An Act to Clarify the Scope of Practice of Certain Licensed Professionals Regarding Conversion Therapy” and to let you know their position on this issue and why. Do this immediately and keep contacting them until a vote is taken. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. Find your lawmakers here by the town you live in, both representatives and senators.
  • Please pass this information on to those in your address book and ask them to pray and take action.

Click here  to read and track L.D. 912.

Please pray with me, “Father, we want to protect our kids.  Sen. Shenna Bellows (D-Dist. 14) accused opponents of this bill of lacking to do so.  We believe proponents of this bill would not allow us to protect our kids.  We ask You to change the hearts and minds of those who do not enjoy the Christian worldview of truth and protect our kids by stopping this harmful bill in the Maine legislature.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org