New Canadian Bill Punishes parents for up to Five years for Conversion Therapy

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau backs Bill C-8 which would jail parents who attempt to discourage and change their kid’s unwanted same-sex attractions or gender identity.

The punishment would be up to five years imprisonment if a person “knowingly” caused an underage youth to undergo conversion therapy. This bill not only applies to therapists but everyone.

What is conversion therapy?

Conversion therapy

It is defined by the bill as a “practice, treatment or service designed to change a person’s sexual orientation to heterosexual or gender identity to cisgender, or to repress/reduce non-heterosexual attraction or sexual behavior.”

David Cooke from Campaign Life Coalition says, “If you’re a parent with a gender-confused child, you will not be permitted to help that child conform to his/her biological gender…If you’re a pastor or church leader who publicly proclaims the power of Christ to transform homosexuals and transgenders, you may be arrested for ‘advertising conversion therapy.”

Cooke feels that Trudeau wants to eradicate a Christian view of sexuality and gender.

“They are working to suppress and deny the testimony of countless ex-gays and ex-trans who expose the lies of the LGBT narrative,” Cooke wrote.

The bill feels conversion therapy causes harm to people who use it, and in particular, children. It also says that conversion therapy perpetuates stereotypes about sexual orientation and gender identity- especially that it can/ought to be changed.

Calgary-based Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms is concerned about the impact on liberty.

“Under the guise of prohibiting ‘conversion therapy,’ Bill C-8 would make it a criminal offense for parents to help their own gender-confused children find peace in accepting their biological gender,” the Centre’s John Carpay wrote. 

Carpay says that children struggling with gender identity will accept and become comfortable with their biology by eighteen years of age if they are supported to do so.

“Once opposite-sex hormones have wreaked havoc on a young developing body, including causing lifelong sterility, there is no going back,” Carpay wrote.

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