Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Vote against the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 places too little emphasis on protecting children from physical and emotional harm and over-emphasises their entitlement to choose their treatment for gender dysphoria.

Children under the age of 18 are not permitted to vote, purchase alcohol or cigarettes. Yet, this Bill permits children to choose serious, largely untested, medical treatments that can have irreversible effects. Under the threat of criminal sanction, it bans a ‘wait and see’ approach or warning against irreversible medical intervention.

Promoting and protecting children’s human rights is a complex matter. Decision-makers must carefully balance the rights of a child to make choices with what is in their best interest. Important questions must be asked about a child’s capacity to provide informed consent and consider the significant risks associated with medical treatments for gender dysphoria.

Young people shouldn’t have to carry the burden for consenting to their own treatment. Such decisions must involve open and honest conversations with the child, their family, health professional and community. This Bill risks silencing the loving and honest voices of family and community members.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council vote against the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020.
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