"The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has yet to issue a statement on the bill.
Canada’s largest pro-life group is warning the country’s Catholic bishops and school trustees that the Trudeau government’s ban on so-called 'conversion therapy' for minors will criminalize counselling based on Catholic teaching, and could make it a crime to teach Catholic sexual morality in Catholic schools...
Bill C-8 adds five new offences to the Criminal Code. It will make it a crime punishable by up to five years in prison to: 1) cause a minor to undergo conversion therapy, 2) remove a minor from Canada to undergo conversion therapy, 3) cause a person to undergo conversion therapy against their will.
It will make it a crime punishable by up to two years in prison to: 4) profit from conversion therapy, and 5) advertise conversion therapy.
Bill C-8 defines 'conversion therapy' as 'a practice, treatment or service designed to change a person’s sexual orientation to heterosexual or gender identity to cisgender, or to repress or reduce non-heterosexual attraction or sexual behaviour.'
It adds: 'For greater certainty, this definition does not include a practice, treatment or service that relates (a) to a person’s gender transition; or (b) to a person’s exploration of their identity or to its development.'
Even though the Trudeau Liberals have reduced the age of consent for anal sex to 16 years of age, they define a 'minor' in Bill C-8 as under 18 years of age."
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