Br. Thomas More Garrett, writing at Dominicana , points out an irony in the new California statute proscribing the use of “reparative therapy” by anyone under the age of eighteen:
The legislation is sweeping in effect. What if an individual under the age of eighteen wants to be rid of homosexual urges? Too bad. What if a minors parents and a doctor or licensed therapist propose to the minor a plan of treatment designed to reverse same-sex attraction? The State of California says, Stop right there. There are no exceptions, not even for minors who suffer sexual abuse at an early age and then become conflicted with same-sex attraction in adolescence or puberty.
So much for consent as the criterion of a morally acceptable action?