Tonight Allentown City Council is scheduled to vote on Bill No. 40-2017 which would take away the parental rights of the citizens of that city who may have a child with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion. If the bill becomes law those parents could no longer seek counseling for their child in Allentown because any therapist who offered help would lose his or her license by that simple act. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide organization advocating for children, has contacted Mayor Ed Pawlowski and City Council with information they need to consider before voting tonight.
Today the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) faxed each member of the Philadelphia Committee on Public Health and Human Services a letter outlining several reasons why passage of the bill adding Section 9-903 “Conversion Therapy” to Chapter 9-900 of The Philadelphia Code was not a positive move for the citizens of the City of Philadelphia. Passage of the bill would prohibit “the practice of conversion therapy by mental-health providers on patients under 18 years of age, under certain terms and conditions.”