WND is now on Trump’s Truth Social! Follow us @WNDNews
Government officials in one Wisconsin city have decided to punish mental health professionals and medical services providers if they express opinions those officials dislike.
And they’re getting sued.
Confirmation of the action comes from the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, which filed a federal case against La Crosse on behalf of Joy Buchman, a licensed mental health profession and co-owner of a Kinsman Redeemer Counseling.
“The suit challenges the city’s ordinance that penalizes medical or mental health professionals if they express certain prohibited viewpoints relating to sexual orientation or gender identity when counseling their minor patients,” WILL explained in its report on the case.
“The ordinance would, for example, require professional counselors to either affirm the decision of any minor patient to transition to a new gender identity—despite ongoing, good-faith disagreements among professionals on whether and under what circumstances such transitions should take place—or remain silent.”
The case in U.S. District Court of the Western District in Wisconsin seeks a ruling that “La Crosse has no authority to prohibit speech it dislikes, forcing medical and mental health experts to choose between advancing the city’s perspective or facing financial and professional ruin.”
“The city of La Crosse is under the mistaken impression that it can simply punish citizens who dare to voice officially disfavored viewpoints on public issues of critical importance. The First Amendment prohibits exactly this kind of big-government bullying. Attempts to falsely paint as hateful those who share good-faith disagreements on matters going to the core of what it means to be human won’t salvage the city’s position,” said Anthony LoCoco, a deputy counsel for WILL.
Buchman said government officials should “not be allowed to police the private conversations” she has with clients.
WILL earlier had sent a letter to the La Crosse council, warning that its plan to censor speech based on viewpoints violated free speech, religious liberty and due process covenants in the state and federal constitutions.
City officials adopted it anyway.
It restricts “significant amounts of speech on issues of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.”
Penalties are $1,000 per violation plus referral for possible license sanctions.
EDITOR’S NOTE: With what has been called the “Sovietization” of the Biden administration – including the shocking criminalization of dissent and massive weaponization of the FBI against political opponents – America is being increasingly compared to a third-world or communist dictatorship. Yet America still has one sacred institution that dictatorships from Zimbabwe to communist China don’t have: ELECTIONS. And in reality, there is no reason, despite the regime’s all-out efforts at election rigging, that the tens of millions of decent, right-thinking American voters cannot stop the Biden administration’s ever-expanding madness this November. For that reason, the September issue of WND’s critically acclaimed monthly Whistleblower magazine insightfully covers the most electrifying and important races, illuminates the biggest issues, reveals how the latest federal takeover of elections actually violates the law, and much more. Looking forward to 2024, the issue also highlights why, to quote the chairman of a major think tank, Donald Trump “is the most towering political figure in living memory” and the person “most fit to lead” today’s America. It’s all in “STOPPING THE MADNESS: A MIDTERM ELECTION GUIDE FOR VOTERS WHO LOVE AMERICA.”
Content created by the WND News Center is available for re-publication without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [email protected].
This article was originally published by the WND News Center.
- Vast Majorities of American Public Reject Transgenderism For Kids
- Democrats Want Parents Charged With FELONY CRIMES For Refusing To Support Children’s Transgender Delusions
- Senators Warn AG Merrick Garland: Don’t Police Speech Against Transgender Surgeries On Children (Video)
- Virginia Democrat Set To Introduce Bill To Charge Parents Who Do Not ‘Affirm’ Gender Identity (Video)
- Virginia Democrat Wants State To KIDNAP Children Who Belong To “Transphobic” Parents
- School Psychologists Organization Official Suggests Taking Trans Kids Away from Parents and ‘Resettling’ Them
Turn your back on Big Tech oligarchs and join the New Resistance NOW! Facebook, Google, and other members of the Silicon Valley Axis of Evil are now doing everything they can to deliberately silence conservative content online, so please be sure to check out our MeWe page here, check us out at ProAmerica Only and follow us at Parler, SocialCross, Speak Your Mind Here, and Gab. You can also follow us on Truth Social here, Twitter at @co_firing_line, and at the social media site set up by members of Team Trump, GETTR.