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

by FOR SA
14 July 2021
 
FIRST NOTICE OF A BILL TO PROHIBIT CONVERSION THERAPY FOR CHILDREN
 
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 speaker@parliament.gov.za
 
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 Bill, FOR 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
www.forsa.org.za
info@forsa.org.za
 
 
 

 

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. For her full bio, see https://forsa.org.za/about-us/our-team/

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