NC Governor Bans Use Of State Money For Gay Conversion Therapy For Minors

I’m not totally against this

North Carolina won’t fund conversion therapy, Gov. Roy Cooper says

North Carolina’s state health department is barred from allowing public funds to pay for conversion therapy for minors, a controversial practice aimed at changing young LGBT people’s sexual orientations, under an order signed Friday by Gov. Roy Cooper.

Advocacy groups praised the Democratic governor’s executive order as a pioneering step to restrict the therapy in the U.S. South.

Cooper’s order forbids funds controlled by executive branch agencies from paying for such therapy for minors. That includes state and federal money for the state’s Medicaid program and NC Health Choice insurance for children in low- and middle-income families.

Eighteen states have enacted laws banning or restricting the practice that’s opposed by the American Psychological Association, though none are in the South, according to advocacy groups that track the issue.

Similar legislation was introduced in both of North Carolina’s legislative chambers this year, but it hasn’t advanced since being referred to legislative committees in April.

OK, three points on this. First, is this executive over-reach with the order? No article on this states whether state law makes it permissible for state organizations to fund the conversion therapy, so, this EO may butt up against actual law. It doesn’t restrict conversion therapy, just the use of taxpayer money.

Second, I do agree with the order, because government should not be funding things like this. It is not the business of government to get involved with said money.

Third, will Cooper agree that the government should not be funding abortions? Because we are in the exact same realm. Things that government should not be funding. Along with a ton of other stuff. This is not the government’s business, but that of private citizens, and taxpayer money shouldn’t be spent on these things, be it conversion therapy or abortion. Abortion on demand supporters can’t have it both ways.

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3 Responses to “NC Governor Bans Use Of State Money For Gay Conversion Therapy For Minors”

  1. Professor Hale says:

    Since most mental disorder treatments are ineffective, this is likely a tossup. Lots of public monies are used to ineffectively treat mental disorders but that is because the mental health profession just doesn’t know any better. There is at least a possibility that through experimenting different courses of treatment, something effective might be found. The fact is, our health care system is used to treat all sorts of things, for all sorts of reasons. Excluding this one thing looks like political advocacy, not patient care.

    Define “effective”: An outcome for the patient that improves his quality of life in the long term. Society neither benefits not suffers from altering the number of gay people in society.

  2. John says:

    Are the bathroom wars over?
    Is the Target boycott over ?
    Ate rolled in NC peeing in their pants out of fear of what they might see inside a target bathroom ?

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