ALERT: First Notice of a Bill to prohibit conversion therapy for children

14 July 2021
A DA Member of Parliament (MP) has published her intention to introduce a Bill amending the current Children’s Act, so as to prohibit “conversion therapy” in children (which is not defined in the notice, other than saying it is a “pseudo-science approach to ‘curing’ children of homosexuality”).
The published intention is open for public comment until 4 August 2021. Comments can be e-mailed to [email protected]
However, it is important to note that this is merely a notice of the MP’s intention to introduce a Private Member’s Bill. It is not yet the Bill itself. The only comments one can make at this stage, therefore, is whether there is a need for the Bill or not.
Without having sight of the text of the BillFOR SA is not in a position to advise whether it will infringe on any religious freedom rights – and will therefore also not be submitting any comments on the published intention at this stage.
We will, however, keep you alerted regarding any developments in the matter.
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Kind regards,
Daniela Ellerbeck
FOR SA Legal Advisor
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Adv Nadene Badenhorst

Adv Nadene Badenhorst is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. She serves as FOR SA’s full-time Legal Counsel.

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