Reports say that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is considering destigmatizing pedophilia and removing it from the Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
According to news reports, at a recent conference by the APA, psychiatric professionals deliberated on removing pedophilia from the DSM. Matt Barber of the Liberty Counsel Action who attended the conference said, in an interview with OneNewsNow.com:
The entire focus of the event was on the victimhood of the pedophile…[and there was] very little concern for the children who are the victims of these individuals when they are raped, who these individuals lust after.
Opponents of the move have alleged that B4U-ACT, a pro-pedophile activists group is supporting the APA conference which includes panelists from Harvard University, the John Hopkins University and the Universities of Louisville and Illinois. Howard Kline, the sciene director of B4U-ACT, had criticize the definition of pedophilia by APA, describing it as "inaccurate" and "misleading." According to Howard Kline in a July 25 press release:
It [the classification of pedophilia as mental disorder] is based on data from prison studies, which completely ignore the existence of those who are law-abiding…The proposed new diagnostic criteria specify ages and frequencies with no scientific basis whatsoever…The Diagnostic and Statistical of Mental Disorders (DSM) should meet a higher standard than that…
B4U-ACT, on their website, say that pedophilia is just a sexual orientation and argue that the "stigma" associated with it is unfair. The statement on the B4U-ACT website argues that:
No one chooses to be emotionally and sexually attracted to children or adolescents. The cause is unknown; in fact, the development of attraction to adults is not understood.
Matt Barber claims that APA is already close to declassifying pedophilia as mental disorder with the argument that "pedophile is only a pedophile … if they are distressed by their attractions or behaviors."
The American Psychiatric Association is very unpopular in conservative social circles because they are seen as having contributed significantly to the success of the gay pride movement through their unanimous vote to endorse same-sex marriage, and have contributed to 11 amicus briefs since 2004 in court cases favoring same-sex marriage.