In its Washington Update, Family Research Council (FRC) observed LePage is a trailblazer on the issue of therapy bans.
“After watching other legislatures fall like dominoes in the outrageous push to outlaw talk therapy on gender and sex issues, LePage became the first governor on either side to put his foot down,” FRC noted.
The governor wrote that mental health professionals are already regulated by licensure requirements, and he rejected the notion that they require regulation beyond what is already mandated.
“Because the standard of practice for these professionals already prohibits any practice or therapy that would amount to physical or mental abuse, what we are really trying to regulate are the private, consultative conversations between a licensed provider and a client.”
A recent review of the issue of gender dysphoria in young peoplein the Atlantic highlights this problem when such legislative “bans” on mental health treatment are lobbied by LGBTQ rights organizations that seem to know little about the psychological development of children: