Montgomery County's own Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons is an eminent psychiatrist who maintains that:
"Youth have the right to be provided informed consent about the serious medical and psychiatric illnesses, and risks, of the homosexual lifestyle. Pediatricians, mental health professionals, physicians, nurses and school counselors have a clear legal responsibility to do so, and parents, family members, educators, and clergy a grave moral responsibility" (Same-Sex Attractions in Youth and Their Right to Informed Consent, 5/21/12).Proposed legislation in Pennsylvania, SB 872, "Prohibiting mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual under 18 years of age," would join California’s Senate Bill 1172 and New Jersey's S2278 in running counter to Dr. Fitzgibbons' common sense wisdom:
"A couple who wants to send their 15-year-old son to counseling to curb his attraction to other males is suing New Jersey over the state's ban on so-called gay conversion therapies for minors. In August, Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a bill in that outlaws the therapies.... In the court complaint, the family alleges that the law violates their freedom of speech and free exercise of religion, as well as the parents' fundamental rights.... His 'unwanted same-sex attraction' was confusing and conflicted with his Roman Catholic religious beliefs, the complaint said. He tried to kill himself multiple times, the court documents say, and eventually asked to go to counseling for help. After he began therapy to change his sexual orientation in 2011 in New York, the strength of his same-sex attractions dropped, according to court documents.... 'Because no licensed mental health professional in New Jersey can provide him with SOCE counseling, John Doe will substantially regress in the significant progress he has made with his current counselor,' the court complaint states..... Demetrios Stratis, the plaintiffs' attorney..., said that the new case deals with the family's ability to exercise freedom of religion and the fundamental rights of parents" (Jewish World Review (11/18/13).While there is a glimmer of hope in California, concerns about informed consent and/or parental rights appear to be getting tossed aside:
"Days after upholding California’s ban on reparative sexual therapy for minors, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday granted a stay of the law for 90 days, or as long as it takes for the Supreme Court to respond to a request for a stay of the law.... The law bans any minors from receiving sexual orientation or other reparative sexual conversion therapy, even if done at the behest of teenagers and parents.... It was introduced by State Senator Ted Lieu, who said in August 2012 that the law was intended as an 'attack on parental rights...because we don’t want to let parents harm their children'.... Since California passed its ban on reparative therapy for minors, New Jersey has followed suit, and several other states are considering a similar ban" (LifeSiteNews.com, 2/4/14).